Two ex-lawmakers, Bangla cop jailed on graft charges

Two ex-lawmakers, Bangla cop jailed on graft charges
Dhaka, May 14 (PTI) Two former lawmakers of former Bangladesh Premier Sheikh Hasina's Awami League and a police officer were sentenced to different prison terms on graft charges.

A special judge's court in southeastern Feni district sentenced former Awami League lawmaker Joynal Hazari to three years' imprisonment as he failed to submit his wealth statements to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Judge Mohammad Nazrul Islam convicted Hazari after his trial in absentia. Hazari was on the government's list of 50 corrupt suspects.

Hazari, was on the run since 2001, when ex-premier Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was elected to power.

Meanwhile, a Dhaka court yesterday sentenced police sergeant Abu Bakar Mohammad Helal to two years' imprisonment and fined him Tk 2,000 on charges of extortion.

Army-led joint forces caught Helal when he was taking Tk 2,700 from transport operator earlier this year.

In another development in the current anti-graft campaign, elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested former BNP lawmaker Alamgir Mohammad Mahfuzullah Farid late night yesterday in the capital.

Rab said Alamgir was an accused in a Tk 50 lakh extortion case filed with Moheshkhali Police Station on April 15.

In southwestern Faridpur, former BNP lawmaker Shah Mohammad Abu Zafar was sent to jail yesterday when he appeared before a local court in a case filed in connection with misappropriation of government relief materials.

District and Sessions Judge M Abdul Majid rejected his bail petition and ordered sending him to prison.

The military-backed interim government in emergency-ruled Bangladesh has so far grilled nearly 70 high-profile politicians including ex-premier Zia's elder son Tarique Rahman on graft charges as part of a massive campaign against corru


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