Issuing a warrant for the arrest of BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman in a money-laundering case, a court here on Sunday asked the government to take necessary steps to bring him back with the help of Interpol.
Acting judge of Special Court-3 Mohammad Mozammel Haque passed the order, asking the Foreign Ministry to take necessary steps for bringing Tarique back home in cooperation with the British Foreign Ministry.
The court order came upon a petition filed by Anti Corruption Commission’s lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajol seeking the court’s directive for issuing a warrant for the arrest of Tarique as a fugitive.
On October 26, 2009 deputy director of the Anti-Corruption Commission M Ibrahim filed the case against former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’s elder son Tarique and his ally and business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun with Cantonment Police Station under the Money Laundering Act accusing them of siphoning off over Tk 20.43 crore to Singapore.
According to the case statement, Tarique and Mamun siphoned off the money to the Capital Street branch of Singapore City Bank in between 2003 and 2007.
On August 8, 2011, a Dhaka court first issued warrant against Tarique as he remained fugitive since the filing of the case. Mamun is now in custody.
Investigation officer of the case M Ibrahim submitted the charge sheet on July 6, 2010.
Meanwhile, defence lawyer Sanaullah Miah today partially cross-examined the 10th prosecution witness in the case Bivuti Bhushan Sarkar, executive officer of the capital’s Cantonment branch of Sonali Bank.
The court fixed May 29 for the cross-examination of the remaining prosecution witnesses by the defence lawyer.