A Dhaka court on Thursday ordered to freeze three bank accounts of BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman and her wife Jobaida Rahman at a bank in Egnland.
KM Imrul Kayes, senior special judge of Dhaka Sessions Judge Court passed the order after completion of the hearing of permission suit filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).ACC prosecutor Mahmud Hossain confirmed the matter.
According to ACC’s investigation report, the all three bank accounts—which were asked to be frozen—with Santander Bank UK plc.
ACC formed a probe team to investigate illegal foreign investment by money laundering allegation against Tarique Rahman, mentioned in the application of the permission suit.
The probe team found that three accounts with Santander Bank UK against ‘White and Blue Consultant Ltd.’ had been operated by Tarique Rahman and Jubaida Rahman and transfer of £59,341.93 from these accounts has been halted by the direction of UK’s FIU.
The probe report said, accounts holders were trying to transfer or convert the amounts. So immediate steps have to be taken otherwise the money would be slipped out. It also cautioned that according to the Article 17 of the Money laundering prevention law, it could not be possible for the state to confiscate the money.
So, those accounts have to be frozen according to the Article 14 of the money laundering prevention law.ACC prosecutor Mahmud Hossain told that the order of the permission suit will be sent to the office of the UK Attorney General through Home Ministry and the Attorney General office would send the court order to the respective bank to execute it.