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2023-10-04 16:48:02 BdST

Money launderingACC interrogates 3 Grameen Telecom directors

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has interrogated three directors of Grameen Telecom as part of an investigation into alleged embezzlement of Tk 25 crore from the workers' welfare fund and laundering it.

A team led by ACC Deputy Director Gulshan Anowar Pradhan started questioning them on Wednesday (Oct 4) morning at the anti-graft watchdog’s headquarters.

The directors who have been interrogated are Nazneen Sultana, Noorjahan Begum, and Hajjatul Islam Latifi. Two more directors are expected to be questioned in this case.

Dr Yunus has been asked to appear at the commission on Oct 5. His counsel Barrister Abdullah Al Mamun said the Grameen Bank founder will appear before the ACC on time.

ACC Deputy Director Gulshan Anowar filed the case in May this year at Dhaka’s combined district office.

Dr Yunus and others have been accused of embezzling Tk 25.22 crore from the Grameen Telecom workers' welfare fund and laundering it. Other defendants in the case include the managing director of Grameen Telecom, Ashraful Hasan, and five directors.

ACC says its initial investigation indicates that the charges are true.

Yunus is currently facing trial for violating the labour law. Prosecution lawyers say he could face fines or even jail time if the charges are proven. He has also been accused of money laundering, tax evasion, and depriving his workers.

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