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Thursday, 17 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The detained Bangladesh Cricket Board executive member Mohammad Selim Bhuiyan on Tuesday admitted being involved in Niko corruption and said Tarique Rahman and his business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun were also involved in the deals. 'I took Tk 3 crore from Niko's South Asia vice-president Quashem Sharif. The oil company was supposed to give us Tk 6 crore. I gave Tk 1.8 crore to Giasuddin Al Mamun,' Salim said in his statement recorded by metropolitan magistrate Mohammad Walilul Islam.

According to the statement, Mamun told Selim that Mamun would need to pay Tarique a portion of the amount. Selim, however, said he did not know whatever Tarique had received any money, court source said. Selim also said he had given Tk 60 lakh to AKM Mosharraf Hossain, former state minister for emergency in Khaleda Zia's cabinet. 'A deal involving Tk 6 core was reached with the company for the award of the contract to the Niko Resources Limited,' Selim said when the Anti-Corruption Commission produced him in court for the statement regarding the case against Khaleda and four others.

Others accused in the case are former law minister Moudud Ahmed, AKM Mosharraf Hossain, then acting energy secretary Khandaker Shahidul Islam and Quashem Sharif. They were accused of a loss of Tk 10,000 crore to the state exchequer. The commission's assistant director Mahbubul Alam lodged the case with the Tejgaon police on December 9.

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