Chargesheets against Khaleda, Hasina in Niko case soon
Wednesday, 23 April 2008

The Anti-Corruption Commission is going to submit charge sheets very soon in the two Niko graft cases filed against detained former Prime Ministers Khaleda Zia, Sheikh Hasina and others, reports UNB.

"Charge sheets in the Niko cases are at the final stage. The charge sheets will be submitted very soon," ACC director general (admin) Col Hanif Iqbal told journalists at the Commission''s regular briefing.

On December 9 last year, the ACC filed the two cases with Tejgaon police station against Khaleda Zia, Sheikh Hasina and 10 others accusing them of entering into deals with Niko causing huge losses to the State.

The investigation report of the case against Khaleda and others was submitted to the Commission on March 13, while the investigation officer of the case against Hasina and others submitted the report on March 20.

In their reports, the investigation officers recommended submission of charge sheets against more individuals initially charged in the first information reports.

About the submission of charge sheet in the Gatco case filed on September 2, 2007 against Khaleda and 12 others, Hanif told the reporters that the Commission is waiting for the verdict of the Appellate Division to make a decision on the case.
He said the Commission has approved the submission of charge sheet in the case filed against Awami League presidium member Kazi Zafar Ullah for not submitting his wealth statement in due time.

The ACC director general informed that the Commission has approved the issuance of notices to Rupali Bank managing director Abdul Hamid Bhuiyan, general manager Moinul Haque, former director Mohammad Hossain and former deputy general manager MM Salimullah, directing them to submit their wealth statements within seven working days.

Responding to a question relating to the arrests of Dhaka City Mayor Sadek Hossain Khoka and Justice Fazlul Haque against whom cases were filed by the Commission, Hanif said the arrests of the accused individuals entirely depend on the investigation officers concerned. "When the investigation officers will feel it necessary to go for the arrest, they would seek help of the law enforcers to do so," he added.

In reply to a question, he said the Commission is preparing an annual report for presenting to the President and it would be completed soon.

To another question, Hanif said even though the members of taskforces extend cooperation in investigating the cases, the responsibility of investigation into the cases rests with the ACC officials concerned.

He said the Commission has approved the filing of a case against Mofazzal Karim, a former deputy director of the Bangladesh Bank, and his wife Nasima Khatun for acquiring illegal wealth worth 2.81 crore.
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