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12:00 AM, January 03, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:06 AM, January 03, 2018

ACC quizzes 5 more AB Bank officials

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday interrogated five more AB Bank officials on money laundering allegation.

ACC Assistant Director (Public Relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told the news agency that ACC interrogated them from the morning as per fixed schedule.

On December 26, ACC in a notice summoned five officials -- Mohammad Mahfuz Ul Islam, head of corporate treasury; Mohammad Lokman, head of offshore banking unit; Arif Neaz, offshore banking unit at EPZ branch; Mahadeb Sarkar Sumon, company secretary, and MN Azim, who works in financial institutions and treasury section.

ACC director Syed Iqbal Hossain and assistant director Gulshan Anwar are investigating the allegations.

ACC also summoned on Monday six more members of the AB Bank's board of directors for interrogation on January 7.

The directors are Shishir Ranjan Bose, Mejbahul Haque, Fahimul Haque, Syed Afzal Hasan Uddin, Runa Zakia and  Anwar Jamil Siddiqui. One of the clients of bank trader Saiful Haque is also summoned for quizzing on January 4.

Earlier, on December 28, the bank's former chairman M Wahidul Haque and former managing director M Fazlur Rahman were interrogated.

On December 31, the bank's former managing director Shamim Ahmed Chowdhury and the chief of the bank's Financial Institutions and Treasury branch Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal were also interrogated by ACC.

Wahidul Haque, along with AB Bank's vice chairman and a director, resigned from the bank's board of directors on December 21 when the bank faced criticism over its alleged laundering of around Tk 165 crore to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) through two organisations in the name of investment.

Meanwhile, the ACC imposed a ban on the travel of 12 senior officials of the bank. 

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