Zia`s son siphoned out USD 2.66 to Singapore: FBI

B`desh opposition leader Khaleda Zia`s fugitive elder son had siphoned out $2.66 mln to a Singaporean bank, a FBI agent testified before a Dhaka court.

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2011, 21:55 PM IST

Dhaka: Bangladeshi opposition leader Khaleda Zia`s "fugitive" elder son Tarique Rahman had siphoned out USD
2.66 million to a Singaporean bank, a FBI agent on Wednesday
testified before a Dhaka court.

Defence lawyers boycotted the hearing as FBI special
agent Debra LaPrevotte told the special judge`s court that the
US agency carried out an investigation into the alleged money
laundering case responding to a request by Bangladesh

During the nearly one and an half hour hearing she said
FBI found that Tarique Rahman, also the senior vice-president
of main opposition BNP, and his controversial business partner
Giasuddin al Mamun had stashed away the amount.

LaPrevotte also submitted two FBI documents before the
court as evidence saying the documents contained details of
bank accounts and credit and visa card numbers of Rahman and
Mamun and other relevant papers related to the case.

The court has fixed December 8 for the next date of
hearing of the case.

The defence lawyers earlier sought the court order to bar
her from testifying on "law grounds" and then left the
courtroom expressing "no confidence" against her statement as
Judge Mozammel Hossain rejected their plea.

Being a "fugitive", Rahman could not formally appoint any
lawyer for him under law but a number of pro-BNP lawyers,
including Supreme Court Bar Association President Khandaker
Mahbub Hossain, appeared as defence lawyers as co-accused
Mamun`s counsels.