Casino Khaled’s trial in money laundering, drug case begins...

Dhaka, Tuesday   18 May 2021

Casino Khaled’s trial in money laundering, drug case begins

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 12:59 PM, 21 March 2021  

Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan alias Casino Khaled; File Photo

Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan alias Casino Khaled; File Photo

A court in Dhaka today has framed charges against Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan alias Casino Khaled in a money laundering and drug act case. With this, the formal trial of these two cases began.

Dhaka’s Additional Third Metropolitan Sessions Judge Rabiul Alam dismissed the accused plea for acquittal on Sunday and ordered the formation of charges. 

Additional Public Prosecutor (PP) of the concerned court Sabina Akhter Diba confirmed the matter to Daily Bangladesh.

Earlier, accused Khaled was produced in court from jail. Then the hearing of the two cases began in his presence. 

Defendant’s lawyer appealed for exemption from the case, claiming Khaled pleaded not guilty.

The state, on the other hand, held a hearing in favor of the charges. After hearing both sides, the court dismissed the plea and ordered the formation of charges. At the same time, the judge fixed June 1 for the testimony of the two cases.

RAB arrested Khaled from his Gulshan residence in a raid on 18 September 2019 for running casino operations at a club in Dhaka’s Fakirapool. 

During the raid, currencies of six countries were seized from his residence. These include 10,050 Singapore Dollars, 10,490 Thai Baht, 3,500 Indian rupees, 2,321 Saudi Riyal, 656 Malaysian Ringgit from and 75 United Arab Emirates Dirhams. 

A shotgun, two pistols, 57 shotgun shells and 585 yabas were also recovered from his house on that day. He was handed over to Gulshan police station the next day at noon.

On the day, RAB-3 warrant officer Golam Mostafa filed three cases against Khaled under the Prevention of Arms, Drugs and Money Laundering Act with Gulshan Police Station.

On the other hand, RAB warrant officer Chaila Pru Marma filed a case under the Narcotics Control Act with Motijheel police station.

On 19 October 2020, the court set a date for hearing the chargesheet against Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan in the case of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (Money Laundering) Act.

Earlier on February 18 last year, the CID filed a case against Khaled under the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act with the Gulshan police station in the capital.

Meanwhile, the trial against Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan under the Narcotics Control Act is underway in the court of Additional Third Metropolitan Sessions Judge Rabiul Alam. The court framed charges against him on 26 February last year. Moreover, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a chargesheet against Casino Khaled in a case of illegal acquisition of assets.

Then on 17 February this year, the court accepted the chargesheet of the case and ordered the transfer to the Dhaka Divisional Special Judge’s Court. At the same time, the case was fixed for hearing on March 31.
 
In the indictment — it was alleged that Khaled had acquired non-income assets worth Tk 42,75,70,754 and kept those in possession. The chargesheet also mentioned the smuggling of Tk 8,74,33,096  in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. 45 people have been called as witnesses in the chargesheet.

Jahangir Alam filed the case, on 21 October 2019, against Khaled with the Dhaka-1 integrated district office of the commission. In the case, it was alleged that Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan had illegally acquired assets worth a total of Tk 5,58,15,859 and kept those in possession. This multiplied the number of assets acquired outside the known-income in the complaint.

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