• Thursday, Oct 29, 2020
  • Last Update : 04:44 pm

ACC grills ex-DGHS official Afzal for money laundering

  • Published at 08:33 pm September 13th, 2020
web-black money
Representational photo Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

ACC Deputy Director Md Towfiqul Islam, investigating officer of the cases, led the interrogation

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has begun interrogation of Afzal Hossain, an accountant at the medical education department of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), in connection with two separate money laundering cases. 

The commission began the interrogation from the first day of Afzal’s 14-day remand in the two cases, ACC Secretary Muhammad Delwar Bakht told media at the commission’s headquarters on Sunday.  

ACC Deputy Director Md Towfiqul Islam, investigating officer of the cases, led the interrogation. 

The investigation team is also looking into the wealth information of Afzal's wife, Rubina Khanam, who is also accused of amassing illegal wealth.

On June 27 last year, ACC Deputy Director Md Towfiqul Islam filed the two cases under the Prevention of Illegal Wealth Acquisition, Money Laundering, and Corruption Act with the ACC's Dhaka-1 office.

According to the ACC case statement, Afzal accumulated a lot of wealth, including five houses in Dhaka and one in Australia, misusing his power and taking bribes from candidates to ensure they got jobs at various government and private offices.

The national anti-graft commission has found that Afzal and his wife amassed over Tk36.30 crore in illegal wealth and laundered over Tk 284.51 crore. 

The commission initially found that the couple amassed over Tk4.79 crore and Afzal had hidden Tk 2.1 crore in wealth from the ACC, according to the case.

Furthermore, Afzal’s wife also had hidden assets worth Tk5.9 crore from the ACC. Afzal kept most of his wealth in his wife’s name in an attempt to avoid responsibility for the illegal wealth, the ACC said.

On January 11, 2019, ACC Deputy Director M Samsul Alam interrogated the couple for around seven hours and found evidence of their illegal wealth.

On January 14, 2019, the Health Ministry suspended Afzal Hossain on charges of corruption.

Soon thereafter, on January 21, 2019, the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court ordered the confiscation of all moveable and immoveable properties of Afzal and his wife Rubina Khanam, and the freezing of all their bank accounts, in a case filed by the ACC.

On March 18, 2019, the ACC seized the assets of the DGHS accountant in Uttara.

Afzal's wife was a stenographer at the same office as her husband Afzal, since 1995.

54
51
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail