Four ex-Biman officials jailed in graft case

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Published: 00:34, Jul 23,2019


A Dhaka court on Monday sentenced four former officials of Biman Bangladesh Airlines to different jail terms in a case lodged for embezzling money of the national flag carrier by submitting fake vouchers.

Of the four, former manager of salary department Mohammad Zinnah, former accounts supervisor Md Harun-ur-Rashid and former accounts supervisor Mir Abu Sayeed Taifuddin Chowdhury were sentenced to seven-year imprisonment and fined Tk 25 lakh each, to suffer one more year imprisonment in default.

The court also sentenced former assistant manager of cash and banking department MA Rob to five-year imprisonment and fined him Tk 15 lakh to suffer one more year behind bar in default.

Judge Sheikh Nazmul Alam of Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 passed judgment in presence of three, now convicts, except Rashid. The court sent the three convicts to jail after issuing conviction warrant against them.

According to the case documents, the convicts in collusion with each other, embezzled Tk 28.58 lakh of Biman from July 2001 to June 2002, by submitting 166 fake bill vouchers.

Anti-Corruption Commission deputy director Benzir Ahammed on September 5, 2010, filed the case against five in this regard. The investigation officer on February 6, 2014, filed charge sheet against the accused and the court on January 28, 2016, framed charges against them.

During the trial period, one of the accused accounts officer Mir Azizur Rahman died and his name was subsequently dropped from the case.

The court came up with the judgment after examining 14 of the 21 witnesses in the case.

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