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CIID files money laundering cases against Apan Jewellers owners

CIID files money laundering cases against Apan Jewellers owners
CIID officials seal off an Apan Jewellers outlet at Suvastu Tower in Gulshan, Dhaka on May 14, 2017File Photo/Dhaka Tribune

The cases were filed against the three owners of the jewellery chain with Dhanmondi, Ramna, Uttara and Gulshan police stations

The Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) has filed five cases under the Money Laundering Prevention (Amendment) Act, 2015 against the owners of Apan Jewellers Bangladesh with different police stations in Dhaka on Saturday.

The cases were filed against the three owners – Dildar Ahmed, Gulzar Ahmed and Azad Ahmed – with Dhanmondi, Ramna, Uttara and Gulshan police stations, CIID Director General Dr Moinul Khan told the Dhaka Tribune.

The accused have been charged with tax evasion when they imported 15 maunds of gold as well as diamonds.

These cases were filed at the directive of the National Board of Revenue and, as per the Money Laundering Prevention (Amendment) Act, 2015, officials of the CIID will investigate all five cases.

Earlier on June 4, five other cases were filed against the trio under the Customs Act 1969 for stocking gold jewelleries “by smuggling and dodging tax.”

On the basis of specific allegations and preliminary investigations following the double rape incident in a Banani hotel that involved Dildar Ahmed’s son Shafat Ahmed, the CIID raided five showrooms of Apan Jewellers in Dhaka and seized 15 maunds of gold and diamond jewelleries.

Those jewelleries were later deposited to the Bangladesh Bank.

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