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(May 02, 2008) In an effort to control corruption by the country's politicians, on April 1, 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bangladesh filed a charge sheet against Tarique Rahman, the elder son of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, for allegedly amassing wealth illegally and concealing information about his assets. The ACC has also charged his wife, Zobaida Rahman, and his mother-in-law, Syeda Iqbalmand Banu, with assisting him in the commission of these offenses. However, the magistrate overseeing the matter has thus far not passed orders on the ACC's application for issuance of warrants of arrest against the two women. The amounts involved in the alleged acts of graft total over half a million dollars.
In addition, Rahman faces about a dozen corruption and criminal cases. He was arrested in March 2007 after a businessman filed an extortion case against him. He has since been lodged in the Dhaka Central Jail. A member of Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party and the son of another prominent leader were sentenced on March 31, 2008, in different cases, to 13 years or more of imprisonment. The son of yet another politician and Zia loyalist, Akhter Hamid Paban, was sentenced to 17 years' imprisonment on charges of possessing illegal arms and ammunition. (First Chargesheet Filed Against Zia's Detained Son, THE HINDUSTAN TIMES, Apr. 1, 2008, available at http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?id=bdaa3a2b-decd-40ed-
|Author:||Krishan Nehra More by this author|
|Topic:||Government ethics More on this topic|
|Jurisdiction:||Bangladesh More about this jurisdiction|
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Last updated: 05/02/2008