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High Court upholds 10-year jail term for Haji Salim in wealth case

  • Published at 04:53 pm March 9th, 2021
Awami League MP Haji Md Salim
File photo of Awami League MP Haji Md Salim Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The ruling party lawmaker ordered to surrender to the trial court

Awami League MP Haji Mohammad Salim has been ordered to surrender to the trial court as the High Court has upheld a 10-year sentence given to him on charges of amassing illegal wealth.

On Tuesday, the virtual bench of Justice Md Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice AKM Zahirul Huq ordered the Dhaka 7 lawmaker to turn himself in by 30 days after the receipt of the verdict’s copy.

 Failing to do so, his bail will be revoked and an arrest warrant will be issued against him, the court said.

In April 2008, a Dhaka special judge’s court found Haji Salim guilty of amassing wealth beyond his known income sources in a case filed the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

In another order on Tuesday, the High Court acquitted the ruling party MP in another ACC case that convicted him of withholding asset information. The trial court had sentenced him to three years in prison in the case.

In October 2009, Haji Salim challenged the trial court verdicts in High Court and secured a verdict in his favour in January 2011.

The ACC then moved the Appellate Division against the order and in January 2015, the top court scrapped the High Court verdict. It ordered to hold a rehearing of Haji Salim's appeal and to dispose of the appeal again.

The High Court started hearing the matter on January 31 after a recent ACC move and concluded it on February 24 before giving its decision on Tuesday.

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