ACC allowed to question Moudud in jail on assets
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka court on Thursday allowed the Anti-Corruption Commission to interrogate detained former law minister Moudud Ahmed in the jail’s premises in a case lodged against him for possessing assets disproportionate to his legitimate income.

Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Golam Rabbani issued the order after hearing an application filed by Mohammad Ibrahim, the ACC’s deputy director and also investigation officer of the case.

On September 16, 2007, Shariful Haque Siddiqui, an assistant deputy director of the ACC, lodged the case against Moudud with the Gulshan thana for concealing information in his wealth report and amassing assets beyond his known sources of income.

Moudud amassed assets worth Tk 7,38,48,237 by indulging in corruption, and he hid information of his assets worth Tk 4,40,37,375 in his wealth report.

According to the details of the case, Moudud concealed an FDR account in the Islampur branch of AB Bank worth Tk 3 crore, and Tk 1.4 crore in another account in the Motijheel branch of IFIC Bank.

On July 3 the ACC served a notice on Moudud, asking him to submit a wealth statement, which he duly did on July 23. His name appeared on the third list published by the ACC in May 2007.

The army-led joint forces arrested Moudud on April 13 and charged him with illegal possession of liquor, several bottles of which were reportedly seized from his residence during his arrest.

Moudud is also co-accused in the Niko corruption case, now under investigation, filed against five persons including detained former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.

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