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The Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for continuing a money-laundering case against BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and his business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on October 26, 2009 lodged the case with Cantonment Police Station against the duo on charge of laundering Tk 20.41 crore to Singapore between 2003 and 2007.
On May 26 this year, a Dhaka court cleared the way for the ACC to seek the help of Interpol to arrest Tarique Rahman, who is now in London for treatment, in connection with the case.
Earlier, 10 prosecution witnesses of the case had given their statements before the court. An FBI official also gave her statement before it about the money-laundering.
On Monday, the Appellate Division of the SC upheld a High Court order that on June 9 rejected a criminal revision petition filed by Mamun in April this year challenging the legality of the case proceedings.
The apex court dismissed a petition filed by Mamun seeking stay on the HC order.
ACC's counsel Khurshid Alam Khan said there was no legal bar on continuing the trial proceedings of the money-laundering case against Tarique and Mamun at the trial court following the SC order.
The next hearing of the case will be held at a Dhaka court on June 30 he, said.
Khandker Mahbub Hossain appeared for Mamun, while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the government.