Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) chairman Ghulam Rahman on Monday blamed the ACC lawyers for the delay in issuing a warrant of arrest for BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman in a money laundering case.
“Our lawyers are not working properly… they failed to do their task,” he told the reporters in front of the ACC head office on his way out in the afternoon.
On October 26, 2009, ACC deputy director M Ibrahim filed the case against Tarique, elder son of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, and his ally and business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun under the Money Laundering Act accusing them of siphoning off over Tk 20.43 crore to Singapore.
Investigation officer of the case M Ibrahim submitted the charge sheet on July 6, 2010.
Replying to a question, Ghulam Rahman said all the accused irrespective of their political identity as well as caste and religion will be brought to book if they are found guilty in the ACC’s investigation. “I direct our (ACC) lawyers to bring all the accused under trial,” he added.
Issuing a warrant of arrest against Tarique in the 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, also 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 ACC’s lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajol seeking the court’s directive for issuing a warrant for the arrest of Tarique as a fugitive.
On August 8, 2011, a Dhaka court first issued a warrant of arrest against Tarique as he remained fugitive since the filing of the case.