Court orders freezing Mamun’s bank accounts in London

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka court on Wednesday ordered freezing of two bank accounts of businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun in London.
Court officials said that Giasuddin deposited 418,853 UK pound sterling equivalent to Tk 60157,762 in his two accounts with NatWest Bank’s Aldwych branch in London between 2003 and 2006.
Special Judges’ Court-3 judge Md Motahar Hossain issued the order after hearing an application of the Anti-Corruption Commission which sought freezing of the accounts.
The court, however, did not release in the open court the details of the order to be executed by the authorities.
ACC lawyer Rafiqul Hoq Benu moved the application saying that the government will incur a huge financial loss if the accounts were not frozen. Mamum was in the dock.
His lawyer Khairul Islam Liton opposed the ACC plea.
Detained in Kashimpur Cental Jail, Mamun was earlier produced in the court escorted by at least 10 policemen.
The hearing was adjourned midway during cross examination of ACC deputy director and prosecution witness Mohammad Ibrahim in the money laundering case.
Earlier, Ibrahim also the complainant and investigation officer in the money laundering case against Giasudin, gave his deposition.
The hearing resumes on November 17.
On September 22, 2011, Ibrahim filed the money laundering case with the Cantonment police station alleging that Giasuddin Mamun had siphoned off 418,853 UK pound sterling to his accounts to the British bank.
The ACC also alleged that the accused extorted the money from a contractor threatening him that the work-order he had won for the modernization of Bangladesh Railway`s signaling system would be cancelled unless he paid the money.

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