Dhaka: The High Court has sentenced seven years of imprisonment to BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman and fined him Tk20 crore for money laundering.
In the money laundering case, the court reinstated the punishment of seven years in jail to the BNP leader’s business friend Gias Uddin Al Mamun in line with reducing his fine to Tk20 crore from Tk40 crore slapped on him earlier. Tarique was acquitted in the case in 2013.
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Amir Hossain delivered the verdict on Thursday.
During the appeal that began on May 25, there was no lawyer to represent Tarique, the son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, as he has been absconding.
In October 2009, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed a case against Tarique and Gias for laundering money to Singapore between 2003 and 2007.
On November 17, 2013, the Dhaka Third Special Judge’s Court acquitted Tarique, who has been living in the UK for the last eight years, and sentenced Mamun to seven years’ imprisonment and also slapped him with a Tk40 crore fine.
The ACC filed an appeal against Tarique’s acquittal, while Gias – who is currently in jail – filed a petition against his conviction on December 5.
On January 19, 2014, the High Court asked Tarique to surrender before the trial court but he did not respond.
The High Court on January 20 and 21 published notices in newspapers asking him to surrender while the trial court sent summons to Tarique’s Dhaka and London addresses.