Abbas couple gets bail in graft case

Dhaka, Thursday   27 June 2019

Abbas couple gets bail in graft case

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 01:45 PM, 14 January 2019   Updated: 01:45 PM, 14 January 2019

Daily Bangladesh Desk

Daily Bangladesh Desk

The High Court has granted bail to Mirza Abbas and his wife Afroza Abbas for 8 weeks in the graft case.

The High Court bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice Kuddus Zaman granted bail on Monday morning in the presence of the Abbas couple.

On January 6, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against BNP leader Mirza Abbas and his wife Afroza Abbas with Shahjanpur Police Station. 

In the case details, it is mentioned that the Afroza Abbas is a Housewife and Mirza Abbas handed over all the money in the name of his wife. 

The case details say that Afroza Abbas refers to herself as a handicrafts trader in the income tax document, but there is no legitimate source of her own income.

It is also mentioned in the ACC case that during the verification of Afroza Abbas's property statement, she has a share of Tk 8,70,00,706 crores at Dhaka Bank, a share of Tk 10 crores at Dhaka Telephone Company, FDR and investment of Tk 1.9 crore. With this money, she declared assets worth Tk 20,52,00,080 crore. 

When ACC asked Afroza Abbas about this money, she said that she took a loan of Tk 1.5 crore from businessman MNH Bulu and took Tk 1,13,50,000 crore from family as a donation. However, she was unable to show any record of her claim in the case.

It also says that, before 1991, Mirza Abbas had no significant income. He earned money by being the mayor of Dhaka City Corporation and later Housing and Public Works Minister.

Later, on the basis of her husband, Afroza Abbas acquired the wealth of Tk 20,76,92,000 crore illegally. Which is a criminal offense under section 27 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Commission Act of 2004, Section 109 of the Penal Code and Section 13 of the Money Laundering Prevention Act of 2002.