SC Orders Disposal of Coco's Parole Order
Monday, 04 October 2010

The Appellate Division has ordered disposal of the High Court order on the parole of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's younger son Arafat Rahman Coco.

A three-strong bench, led by new chief justice A B M Khairul Haque, on Monday stayed the government appeal against the High Court ruling of Aug 26 that ordered extension of Coco's parole by 40 days.

On a writ petition filed by Coco's lawyer, the court had also asked the government to explain why his parole should not be extended. The government challenged the order in the top appeals court.

Coco has been in Bangkok on parole, which has been periodically extended since he left home on July 19, 2008. At the time, he had secured eight weeks' parole for medical treatment abroad.

The latest parole extension expired last Aug 14, and another appeal for extension of his parole was filed with the home ministry on Aug 21.

On Aug 19, the home ministry, however, decided not to allow any more extension of his parole and asked him to come back home by Aug 31, an order which the BNP and its different wings had protested against.

On Aug 22, the BNP announced protests against the government on Aug 24 and 26 for its decision on the cancellation of Coco's parole.

Coco was arrested on Sep 3, 2007 in the GATCO corruption case.

On Mar 17, 2009, the Anti-corruption Commission filed a money laundering case against him. The case detail said that Coco had laundered around Tk 130m out of the country.

Source: bdnews24.com

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