Colonel Shahid Uddin has been accused in at least five other cases
A Dhaka court on Wednesday sentenced retired army colonel Shahid Uddin Chowdhury and his wife Farhana Anjum Khan to 10 years’ imprisonment in a case filed with Cantonment police station under the Special Powers Act in 2019.
Judge Syeda Hafsha Jhuma of Dhaka eighth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judges Court handed down the verdict in a jam-packed courtroom.
The court also fined the couple Tk 50,000, failing to pay which would result in six more months of imprisonment.
However, the court acquitted their accomplices Syed Akidul Ali and Khorshed Alam Patwary as the allegations brought against them were not proven during the trial.
Of the four accused, Akidul and Khorshed, who are now in jail, heard the verdict from the dock while Lt Col Shahid Uddin and his wife Farhana have been on the run since the beginning of the trial.
A total of 10 prosecution witnesses testified in court in the case.
According to the case statement, the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police raided the couple’s Baridhara DOHS residence on January 15, 2019.
They seized counterfeit currencies worth Tk3 lakh, two pistols with 11 rounds of bullets, a shotgun and several magazines.
Later, Biplob Kishore Shil, an inspector of CTTC, filed a case with Cantonment police station against four accused, including the couple, under the Special Powers Act 1974.
Earlier, on November 10, 2020, a Dhaka court sentenced Shahid Uddin Chowdhury, his wife Farhana Anjum Khan, Syed Akidul Ali and Khorshed Alam Patwary to life term imprisonment in an arms case.
Meanwhile, another Dhaka court sentenced Shahid Uddin Chowdhury to nine years in jail in a tax evasion case while he was also awarded five-year imprisonment in a case filed on charges of selling land with forged deeds.
Shahid Uddin’s fugitive wife Farhana Anjum Khan and their two daughters also got three-year jail terms in two cases filed with Mohammadpur police station. The family is now in London.
On the other hand, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is investigating a money laundering case filed with Motijheel police station against Shahid Uddin Chowdhury while the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is probing another case filed against him for not submitting wealth statements to the commission.