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12:00 AM, January 04, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:23 AM, January 04, 2016

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ACC challenges Tarique's acquittal at HC

The Anti-Corruption Commission has taken a move to get a ruling from the High Court on BNP leader Tarique Rahman in a money laundering case involving Tk 20.41 crore.

 ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan yesterday prayed to an HC bench to fix a date for hearing its appeal challenging the acquittal of Tarique, elder son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, in the case.

 The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Amir Hossain is likely to set the date today for hearing the appeal, Khurshid told The Daily Star after moving the prayer before it.

He also said a judgment will come from the HC on Tarique when it holds the hearing on the appeal.  

The anti-graft watchdog filed the case against Tarique and his friend and business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun in October 2009 for siphoning off Tk 20.41 crore to Singapore between 2003 and 2007.

 On November 17, 2013, a Dhaka court acquitted Tarique and sentenced Mamun to seven years' imprisonment and fined him Tk 40 crore in the case.

On December 5 that year, the ACC appealed to the HC, challenging Tarique's acquittal.

Following the appeal, the HC on January 19 in 2014 asked the lower court to send the case records to it and ordered Tarique to surrender before the trial court in the case.

The HC, however, asked the trial court to grant him bail after his surrender.

The money laundering case is one of the 16 cases, including the August 21 grenade attack cases, filed against Tarique. He was arrested on March 7 in 2007 during a crackdown by a military-backed caretaker government.

After securing parole, Tarique went to London in September 2008 for treatment and has been living there ever since.

 Following an appeal filed by Mamun, the HC on April 29 in 2014 stayed his fine of Tk 40 crore in the money laundering case.

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