CID finds money laundering evidence found against Samrat, Khaled

Total Tk 3.10 billion and USD 101.0 million laundered to Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Sri Lanka and UAE

FE ONLINE REPORT | Sunday, 17 October 2021

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Police has found proof of money laundering by former Jubo League leaders Ismail Chowdhury Samrat and Khaled Mahmood Bhuiyan, according to a report of CID.

Complying with a High Court order, CID has sent the report regarding money laundering cases to the court.

The report said the Financial Crime Wing of the Criminal Investigation Department of Police is investigating a total of 8 money laundering cases.

The money launderers including the two ex-Jubo League leaders have laundered a total of Tk 3.10 billion and USD 101.0 million to Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Sri Lanka and UAE.

Among the laundered money, a total of USD 34.61 million has already been recovered, also read the report.

The report sent by Md Humayon Kabir, a special superintendent of police, financial crime unit of CID, will be placed in the High Court bench headed by Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder, said deputy attorney general AKM Amin Uddin Manik.

Khaled Mahmood Bhuiyan laundered Tk 88.36 million to Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia, Rajib Hossain Rana and Jamal laundered Tk 8.1 to Singapore, Shariful Islam and Awlad Hossian laundered Tk 8.3 million to Singapore, Ismail Chowdhury Samrat and Anamul Haque Arman laundered Tk 2.32 billion to Singapore, according to the report.

Unknown hackers laundered USD 101 million to the Philippines and Sri Lanka, Mominul Hoque Sayeed laundered Tk 249.98 million to Malaysia and Singapore, Md Shahjahan laundered Tk 21 million to United Arab Emirate (UAE) and Najmul Abedin, Sohela Abedin, AKM Zahid Hossain and others laundered Tk 408.51 million to UAE, also stated the report.

Following a writ petition the High Court on February 28 this year wanted to know the names of the Bangladeshi nationals who have deposited money in the foreign banks including the banks of Switzerland (Swiss banks) and what steps have been taken to bring back that money.

The High Court bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim passed the order after holding a hearing on the petition.

Complying with the order the CID sent the report which will be placed in the High Court after the opening of the regular functions of the court at the end of the ongoing vacation.

The court also issued rulings over the issue asking the respondents to explain as to why their failure and inaction to arrange for recovery of a large amount of money laundered by Bangladeshi citizens or companies which secreted and deposited in foreign banks and in particular in Swiss banks should not be declared illegal.

The finance secretary, PMO secretary, commerce secretary, foreign secretary, home secretary, law secretary, ACC, Bangladesh Bank governor and IGP and other respondents were asked to comply with the order within four weeks.

The petition was filed on February 1 this year with the High Court seeking its directive upon the respondents to take appropriate steps for bringing back of the laundered money from foreign banks including the Swiss banks

Petitioner lawyers Barrister Abdul Kaiyum Khan and Advocate Subir Nandi Das themselves appeared in the court in support of their petition.

Attorney General AM Amin Uddin and deputy attorney general AKM Amin Uddin Manik appeared for the state and advocate Khurshid Alam Khan represented the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).


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