The High Court is set to deliver its verdict in a money laundering case against BNP leader Tarique Rahman and his friend Gias Uddin Al Mamun any day now.
The High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Amir Hossain finished the hearing of appeals on Thursday and kept the verdict pending.
There was no lawyer present for Tarique, the elder son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and the party’s senior vice-chairman, as he has been absconding.
The hearing of the appeals started on May 25.
In October 2009, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed a case against Tarique and his business partner Gias for laundering money to Singapore between 2003 and 2007.
On November 17, 2013, the Dhaka Third Special Judge Court acquitted Tarique, who has been living in the UK for the last eight years, and sentenced Mamun to seven years’ imprisonment and slapped him with a Tk40 crore fine in the case.
The ACC filed an appeal against Tarique’s acquittal, while Gias – who is currently in jail – filed another one against his conviction on December 5.
On January 19, 2014, the High Court asked Tarique to surrender before the trial court after the ACC’s appeal. But he did not respond.
The High Court on January 20 and 21 published notice in newspaper asking him to surrender while the trial court sent summons to Tarique’s Dhaka and London addresses.