Graft Case: Seven ex-officials of Sonali Bank jailed for 17 years
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced seven former officials of Sonali Bank Limited, including its former managing director, and two others to 17 years jail in a case filed over embezzling of Tk 27.50 lakh.
The convicts are Sonali Bank's former managing director Humayun Kabir, deputy managing director Mainul Haque, general manager Noni Gopal Nath, deputy general managers Sheikh Altaf Hossain and Sofiz Uddin Ahmed, and assistant general managers Saiful Hasan and Kamrul Hossain Khan.
Two other convicts are Saiful Islam Raza, managing director of Paragon Knit Composite Ltd, a sister concern of Hallmark Group, and one of its directors Abdullah Al Mamun.
Judge Mohammad Iqbal Hossain of the Special Judge's Court-5 of Dhaka handed down the sentence in presence of five convicts.
Mainul, Altaf, Sofiz Uddin and Kamrul were present at the court, while five others, including Humayun were absent.
The judge fined them Tk 27.50 lakh, which they will have to pay proportionately.
The punishment of fugitives will be effective from the day of their arrest or surrender, the judge said in his judgment.
The judge also cancelled bail of four convicts, now on bail, and sent them to Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj with conviction warrant.
According to the prosecution, it was alleged that the accused misappropriated Tk 27,50,681 of Sonali Bank through forgery.
Following the incident, ACC filed a case against Humayun Kabir and eight others with Ramna Police Station on January 1 of 2013.Earlier on December 27 last year, another Dhaka court sentenced Humayun and 10 others to different terms of prison for embezzling Tk 1.42 crore of Sonali Bank.