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Sunday, 31 October 2010

A Dhaka court has ordered the arrest of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's younger son Arafat Rahman Coco in a money laundering case.

Judge Mojammel Haque of Special Judge's Court-3 issued the warrant around 12.30pm on Sunday following a petition by the prosecution.

On Oct 13, the court deferred the charge framing against Coco and Ismail Hossain Simon, son of former shipping minister Akbar Hossain, to Oct 31 based on a defence petition in the money laundering case.

The Anti-corruption Commission filed the case with Kafrul Police Station, accusing Coco and Simon for laundering Singapore $28,84,000 and US $9,32,000. The chargesheet against the two was submitted on Nov 12. Simon has been absconding since then.

On Oct 13, an Appellate Division bench stayed the High Court order to extend Coco's parole based on a government petition requesting a stay order. The three-strong regular bench, headed by chief justice A B M Khairul Haque, stayed the High Court order by six weeks.

The High Court on Oct 11 extended Coco's parole by 20 days saying that Coco could request the government not to arrest him by presenting his medical documents.

Coco's lawyers filed a writ petition against the home ministry decision on Aug 26 when the High Court ordered extension of his parole by 40 days. The court also issued a rule upon the government asking why the home ministry decision would not be declared illegal.

On Oct 12, the government petitioned the Appellate Division and chamber judge Mohammad Mozammel Hossain set the next day for its hearing.

Coco has been in Bangkok on parole since July 19, 2008 after his release on bail. Back then he had secured an eight-week parole for treatment abroad. Coco was arrested on Sep 3, 2007 in the GATCO corruption case.

The latest extension of his parole expired on Aug 14. The home ministry decided on Aug 19 not to extend it further and asked Coco to return home by Aug 31, an order which the BNP and its different wings protested against.


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