Former State Minister for Home Affairs and BNP leader Lutfozzaman Babar has been sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment for amassing illegal wealth.
Judge Mohammad Shahidul Islam of Dhaka Special Judge Court-7 pronounced the verdict in presence of Lutfozzaman Babar on Tuesday.
The court also fined Babar Tk 10,000. In default to his non-payment of the fine, he will have to suffer three months more in prison. The court, however, said both the sentences of imprisonment would run concurrently.
The court said in its verdict, “The wealth worth Tk 26,42,678 amassed by Babar beyond known sources of income and 10 lakh US dollar deposited by an unknown person to his account at Gulshan branch of Prime Bank Ltd was confiscated in favour of the state.” In reaction, Defence lawyer Aminul Islam said, “Although the period of the sentence of my client has already expired, we will submit a petition challenging the verdict.”
Earlier on October 4, the court set the date to deliver the verdict after both the prosecution and defence concluded their parts of closing argument on that day.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against Babar with Ramna police on January 13, 2008, accusing him of amassing around Tk 7.05 crore illegally.
ACC Deputy Assistant Director Rupok Kumar Saha submitted the charge sheet in the case on July 16, 2008. A Dhaka court on August 12 the same year indicted Babar in the case.
He was also sentenced to death in the 10-truck arms haul and August 21 grenade attack cases.