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'Online casino kingpin Salim sent money to London illegally'

  • Published at 01:21 pm October 1st, 2019
Alcohol confiscated from Salim
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) standing around the foreign liquor they recovered from casino kingpin Salim Prodhan's house in Gulshan 2, Dhaka on October 1, 2019 Collected

Mamun is also a close friend of BNP’s acting chairman Tarique Rahman, who now lives in London

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has said online casino kingpin Salim Prodhan illegaly sent money to London several times. 

He has also maintained a close relationship with Giasuddin Al Mamun, now in jail on charges of extortion, corruption, money laundering and tax evasion.

Mamun is also a close friend of BNP’s acting chairman Tarique Rahman, who now lives in London.

RAB 1 Commanding Officer Lt Col Sarwar Bin Kashem made the statement at a press briefing on Tuesday after arresting Salim and three of his associates on Monday.

He also said: "Based on intelligence, we planned the operation. Selim was arrested from a Bangkok-bound Thai Airways flight at Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport Monday afternoon. The two pieces of deer hides that were recovered from Salim Prodhan's house cum office in Gulshan 2, Dhaka, on October 1, 2019 | Collected "Later, RAB conducted a raid at Salim’s office cum residence at House No 11/A , Road No 99 of Dhaka’s Gulshan-2 area and arrested his associates Aktaruzzaman, Md Roman, and Masum on Monday night. RAB then conducted another raid at his Banani’s office."

From the raid, RAB recovered 48 foreign liquor bottles; Tk29,05,000 in cash, foreign currencies from 23 different countries, of around Tk7,763,023, 12 passports, 32 cheque books of 13 banks, one large server used in game operating, four laptops, and two pieces of deer hides.

"I wish to mention that the Prodhan Group's website clearly states that they are 'one of the first providers of b2b live casino solution in Bangladesh.' This proves that he is involved in the casino business in Bangladesh, Lt Col Sarwar added.

Salim, Akhtaruzzaman, Roman, and Masum have been jailed for 6 months under the Wildlife Conservation Act by a RAB mobile court. 

RAB Executive Magistrate Sarwar Alam passed the order on Tuesday.

Two cases under the Narcotics Act and Money Laundering Act will be filed with the Gulshan police station, the official said.

How is Salim involved with online casino?

During the primary interrogation, Salim spoke of going to Japan in 1988. There he and his brother were engaged in a car business with the Japanese. Later, he went to Thailand with the Japanese and did business involving ship breaking, the RAB CO.  

In the meantime, Salim was introduced to a North Korean, Du who advised him on opening an online casino in Bangladesh, he added.

They then opened two gaming sites on P24 and T21 in 2018, and operated online casinos. They have a 50/50 partnership, the official said.