A Dhaka court on Sunday recorded a statement from the 11th prosecution witness in connection with the money laundering case against BNP Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and his business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun.
Newly-appointed judge Md Motahar Hossain of the Special Judge’s Court 3 recorded the testimony of Omar Faruque Bhuiyan, who previously worked in Sonali Bank’s Dhaka Cantonment branch and was later transferred to Mymensingh.
Mamun’s pleader Zahidul Rahman Kowel cross examined the witness partly and filed a time petition for cross-examination as his senior lawyer remained busy with the proceedings of the International Crimes Tribunal. He also filed a bail petition.
The pleader for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Mosharraf Hossain Kajal, opposed the bail petition, stating that the trial was almost completed, and so, it should be rejected.
After a hearing, the court rejected the bail plea and fixed July 14 for further proceedings in the case. The accused Mamun was present on the dock.
ACC filed the case against Tarique and Mamun with Dhaka Cantonment police station on October 26, 2009 accusing the duo of “siphoning off Tk204m to Singapore” between 2003 and 2007.
Mamun allegedly took the amount as bribes from Khadiza Islam, director of Nirman Construction Ltd, for helping it bag the contract of installing an 80MW power plant in Tongi. Mamun is said to have deposited the money in the Capital Street branch of Singapore’s City Bank.
The ACC on July 6 in 2010 submitted the charge sheet of the case to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Dhaka after investigation. On August 8 last year, the court indicted Tarique and Mamun under the Money Laundering Act 2002 and issued an arrest warrant against Tarique.