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Saturday, 06 September 2008

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Eight more people seeking clemency gave statements to the Truth and Accountability Commission on Thursday, an official said.

"Out of the eight, six are couples. Some were businesspeople," said Zahid Hossain, private secretary to TAC chairman Justice Habibur Rahman Khan.
The hearings were held at the commission office at Hare Road.
As of Thursday, 26 people have stood before the commission since hearings three days before.
Zahid said the commission would not sit at the weekend. The hearings of 15 more cases will begin again on Sunday.
The commission ordered 11 people on Wednesday to deposit a total of Tk 5.69 crore to state funds, in its forst order.
"This is a preliminary order. The final verdict in the cases will be given after the people show proof of payment," Justice Habibur had said.
Some 199 people have applied to the TAC so far, with 173 forms distributed.
President Iajuddin Ahmed signed the "Voluntary Divulgence of Information Ordinance 2008" into law on June 8, paving way for the commission to come into being.
According to the ordinance, anybody facing conviction in a corruption case of two years or less can seek clemency from the commission by admitting to their crime and return within a specific time the wealth earned through corruption.

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