The High Court is set to deliver its verdict in a money laundering case against BNP leader Tarique Rahman and his friend Gias Uddin Al Mamun on Thursday.
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Amir Hossain will deliver the judgement, according to the cause list published on the court's website.
Anti-Corruption Commission lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan said that the court will deliver its verdict on an appeal filed by the ACC against the acquittal of BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman and also on another appeal filed by his friend Mamun against his conviction of seven years' jail in the money laundering case.
He said that on June 16, after concluding the case hearing, the High Court bench kept the verdict waiting to be delivered any day. The court fixed the date of the judgement today (yesterday), he added.
In October 2009, the Anti-Corruption Commission had filed the case against Tarique and his business partner Gias for laundering money to Singapore between the years 2003 and 2007.
On November 17, 2013, the Dhaka Third Special Judge Court acquitted Tarique, who has been living in the UK for the last eight years, and sentenced Mamun to seven years’ imprisonment and slapped him with a Tk40 crore fine.
The ACC filed an appeal against Tarique’s acquittal, while Gias – who is currently in jail – filed another appeal against his conviction on December 5.
On January 19, 2014, the High Court asked Tarique to surrender before the trial court after the ACC’s appeal but he did not respond.
The High Court published a notice in newspapers on January 20 and 21 asking him to surrender while the trial court sent summons to Tarique’s Dhaka and London addresses.