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ACC lists 20 people who amassed illegal wealth through casinos

  • Published at 06:17 pm October 7th, 2019
Anti Corruption Commission
File photo of the Anti Corruption Commission building Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

They have launched a search operation to look into their properties

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has drawn up a list of names mentioning at least 20 people who have amassed illicit assets and wealth through the casino business.

The remarks were made by ACC Chairman Iqbal Mahmud while speaking to reporters at the ACC headquarters in Dhaka's Shegunbagicha area on Monday.

He said they have launched a search operation to look into their properties for possible connections with illegal casinos

The ACC chairman added: "No one will get exemption if they are found guilty of being involved in this misconduct. All culprits will be brought to book."

Since September 18, Rapid Action Battalion has raided a number of sporting clubs in different areas of Dhaka |Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

On September 18, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) uncovered illegal casino business during raids on the Fakirapool Young Men's Club, Wanderers Club, and Muktijoddha Krira Chakra revealing the involvement of Jubo League leaders in overseeing illicit gambling operations.

The elite police unit arrested Khalid Mahmud, organizing secretary of Jubo League's Dhaka south unit, the same day, before detaining Kalabagan Krira Chakra President and Krishak League leader Shafiqul Alam Firoz.

GK Shamim, Jubo League leader and businessman, was arrested two days later for money laundering, illegal possession of arms, and narcotics.

South Dhaka Jubo League leaders Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat and Enamul Hoque Arman were jailed by a mobile court for six months each on Sunday, for wildlife law violations and drunkenness, respectively, several hours after their arrest from Comilla on Sunday.

Samrat, allegedly a top casino kingpin, was sentenced under the Bangladesh Wildlife Preservation Act after a RAB raid found hides of two kangaroos at his Kakrail office in Dhaka.