Former power secretary jailed for 10 years
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

A special court dealing with graft suspects Wednesday sentenced former power secretary ANH Akhter Hossain to 10 years in jail on charges of accumulating and concealing information about wealth.

Judge Amar Kumar Roy of the Special Judges' Court-2 also fined him Tk 1 lakh. ANH Akhter will have to serve another three months in prison in failure to pay the fine.

He is in jail. The court also sentenced Akhter's wife Nazneen Akhter, now on the run, to three years in jail for assisting her husband in amassing wealth.

The judge fined her Tk 50,000 and if she fails to pay the fine she has to stay another month behind bars.

Mahbubul Alam, assistant director of the Anticorruption Commission, filed the case with Uttara Police Station against Akhter and his wife on March 31 last year.

According to case details, Akhter obtained wealth of Tk 2.15 crore illegally by abusing power and concealed information about Tk 80 lakh in a statement to the corruption watchdog.

Joint forces arrested the former power secretary on Feb 25 when he was returning from the ACC after submitting the wealth statement.

The court indicted him on Oct 9. A total of 40 witnesses testified on behalf of the state.

The ACC on Feb 18 made a list of some 50 politicians, businessmen and other government officials as corrupt suspects and asked them to submit accounts of their moveable and immovable assets by 72 hours.

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