21 July, Dhaka
In Bangladesh, the High Court Thursday sentenced Tarique Rahman, BNP Senior Vice Chairman and eldest son of BNP chief Khaleda Zia, to 7 years imprisonment in a money laundering case. A 20 crore taka fine has also been slapped on him.
The court overturned the trial court’s verdict of November 2013 that acquitted Tariqie, the main accused, of the charges but slapped a 7 years jail term on his friend Gias Uddin Mamun, the second accused.
The bench of Justice Enayetur Rahim and Amir Hossain delivered the verdict in an appeal filed by the country’s Anti Corruption Commission. The High Court upheld the trial court’s verdict of 7 years jail term of Gias Uddin Mamun, but reduced the fine from the previous 40 crore taka to 20 crore taka.
The duo was charged of siphoning 20.41 crore takas to Singapore between 2003 and 2007 in a case filed by the Anti Corruption Commission in 2009. Tarique who has been living in London on a parole for the last 8 years faces several cases filed against him.