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2018-05-08 08:19:17 BdST

ACC interrogates Tabith Awal over acquiring illicit wealth


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The Anti-Corruption Commission has interrogated BNP leader Tabith Awal over allegations of amassing wealth illegally.

Tabith, also the vice president of Bangladesh Football Federation, arrived at the ACC headquarters around 10 am on Tuesday. On Apr 24, the anti-graft body summoned Tabith to the ACC.

ACC Deputy Director Akhter Hamid Bhuiyan was questioning him, said an official of the commission.

The ACC accuses Tabith of amassing wealth from “undisclosed sources” and siphoning off money out of the country. Following the investigation into the allegations, the ACC summoned him.

The commission also launched an investigation into an allegation against Tabith over his ‘suspicious’ bank account transactions valued Tk 1.25 billion by some top leaders of the BNP in 30 days.

They include National Standing Committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Mirza Abbas, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury and Nazrul Islam Khan, vice-chairmen Abdul Awal Mintoo, M Morshed Khan and Joint Secretary General Habibun Nabi Khan Sohel.

The ACC is also investigating Morshed Khan’s son Faisal Morshed Khan and Dhaka Bank Managing Director Syed Mahbubur Rahman on the same allegation.

An ACC official, requesting anonymity, earlier said that the BNP leaders, in collusion with officials of different private banks, were making the transactions to ‘finance violence’ and ‘launder money’.

The BNP had earlier alleged that the government was using the ACC to persecute its rivals instead of stopping irregularities in banks and catching the people in the ruling Awami League who have ‘looted’ money from the banks.

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