Zia’s son, seven others to be tried for graft

May 7th, 2008 - 5:05 pm ICT by admin  


Dhaka, May 7 (IANS) Bangladesh’s anti-corruption commission (ACC) has pressed charges against former prime minister Khaleda Zia’s son Tarique Rahman, one of her former ministers and six others in a bribery case to hush up the murder of a local entrepreneur. The anti-graft body said Tuesday that the eight were involved in receiving and giving the bribe to hush up the murder of Humayun Kabir Sabbir, a director of the Basundhara Group.

They worked to ensure that Shafiat Sobhan Sanvir did not have to face charges of killing Sabbir whose body was found outside a building July 5, 2006.

Once a powerful official of Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Tarique Rahman, 40, Zia’s elder son, has been in jail for a year facing extortion and bribery charges.

His younger brother Arafat Rahman, a businessman, has also been in jail.

Zia is herself behind bars since Sept 3, charged with corruption and misuse of office. She was formally charged Tuesday in a case of awarding an oil exploration contract to a Canadian firm.

Among the six is former minister of state for home Lutfozzaman Babar, who was a confidant of Rahman.

The case involves business rivalry and a bribery charge of Taka 210 million (about $3.2 million)

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