Zia`s son challenges money laundering case against him
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 04, 2009, 21:06
Dhaka: Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia's son Arafat Rahman Koko has petitioned the High Court challenging his trial in a money laundering case, asking it to quash the 'politically motivated' proceedings.

Koko, younger son of former premier Zia, is in Bangkok for treatment after he was released on parole and has challenged the legality of the proceedings against him in a petition filed in the High Court, the Daily Star said.

Koko was charged by the Anti-Corruption Commission in March this year for laundering money he had allegedly taken illegally from a Chinese company, Siemens and other sources in exchange for helping them get government contracts.

The petition said the alleged offences as mentioned in the case, took place between 2001 and 2006 but Koko was charged under the Money Laundering Act 2009 enacted this year. The proceedings were therefore illegal, it said.

"No one can be tried for the offences under such a law that was enacted after the incident of offences took place," it said.

Koko's counsel told a High Court bench that the case was filed against his client on 'political motive', the paper said.

Koko has been charged with illegally siphoning off USD 9,32,672.81 and 28,84,603.15 Singaporean dollars abroad to cover his illegally earned money, it said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, August 04, 2009, 21:06

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