ACC sues Coco, Sheikh Selim
Thursday, 24 April 2008

Agency

Former prime minister Khaleda Zia's son Arafat Rahman Coco and Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim SelimThe Anticorruption Commission Wednesday filed a case against former prime minister Khaleda Zia's son Arafat Rahman Coco on charges of amassing illegal wealth.

The ACC filed another case against Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim for submitting a skewed wealth statement to the corruption watchdog.

ACC deputy director Md Abu Sayeed filed the case against Coco with Ramna Police Station, the police said. The case against Sheikh Selim was filed by another ACC deputy director, Abdul Karim, with the same police station.

According to case details, Coco made property worth Tk 2.23 crore by illegal means and concealed information about Tk 11.20 lakh in the statement submitted to corruption watchdog.

Arafat owns a string of businesses, including river transport company Rahman Navigations and advertising firm Advance Ad. Joint forces arrested Coco at their cantonment home on Sept 3, along with his mother.

Businessman Abu Ahmed Zaidan Rabbi, managing director of advertising firm AD MEDIA, sued Coco and his two brothers-in-law for extorting over Tk 1 crore from him on May 16.

The case was brought under emergency powers rules. In the details of the case against Sheikh Selim, the ACC alleged that the former minister had concealed information about Tk 22.29 lakh worth of wealth and earned Tk 3.38 crore in illegal assets.

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