TAC starts hearing four graft cases
Wednesday, 03 September 2008

Names of the mercy seekers not being disclosed

Staff Correspondent

The Truth and Accountability Commission (TAC) on Monday started hearing four cases at its Hare Road office.

"Hearing of seven persons in four cases took place. Of the seven three are couples. Two couples were heard until 4pm. Hearing of others will also take place today (Monday)," Zahid Hossain, personal secretary to TAC chairman Justice Habibur Rahman Khan, told bdnews24.com,
The mercy commission, as stipulated by law, is not disclosing the names of those being heard.
The hearing started in the morning with a former Sylhet City Corporation official and his wife. Journalists waiting outside the commission office saw him enter the office at 10:30am after he was brought from Dhaka Central Jail.
The former official was driven back to jail after the hearing of the couple ended at 1:45pm.
President Iajuddin Ahmed on June 8 signed into law "Voluntary Divulgence of Information Ordinance 2008", paving way for the commission to come into being.
According to the ordinance, anybody not convicted for two years or more for corruption can seek clemency from the commission by admitting to their crime and return within a specific time the wealth earned through corruption.
The High Court on August 28 ordered the government to explain in two weeks why the "Voluntary Divulgence of Information Ordinance 2008" would not be declared unconstitutional and illegal.

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