Money laundering: Report against 8 including Papul on Jan 31
Published: 06:49 PM, 23 December 2020 Updated: 06:50 PM, 23 December 2020
Lakshmipur-2 MP Kazi Shahidul Islam Papul and his family members
The court today has fixed January 31 for submitting an investigation report against eight people, including Lakshmipur-2 MP Kazi Shahidul Islam Papul, in a case alleging a huge amount of illegal money transactions.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Sadhbir Yasir Ahsan Chowdhury’s set the date for the submission of the report on Wednesday.
Apart from Papul, the accused in the case are – Papul’s sister-in-law Jasmine Pradhan, daughter Wafa Islam, brother Kazi Badrul Alam Liton, Papul’s personal employee Mohammad Sadiqur Rahman Monir, Job Bank International manager Golam Mostafa, Jasmine Pradhan-owned company JW Lilabali and Kazi Badrul Alam Liton. Five to six other unidentified persons have also been accused in the case.
Earlier on Tuesday, Alamin, Assistant Superintendent of Police (Organized Crime) of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), filed a case against Kazi Shahidul Islam Papul, his sister-in-law, daughter and eight others under the Money Laundering Act.
According to the case statement, the accused are human traffickers. They have earned Tk 38,23,40,567 illegally at different times — where Papul and his daughter’s company are involved.
Meanwhile, the High Court on Tuesday ordered Selina Islam, an MP of reserved women’s seat and wife of Lakshmipur-2 MP Kazi Shahidul Islam Papul — arrested in Kuwait on charges of illegal acquisition of wealth and money laundering and Wafa Islam, Papul’s daughter, to surrender within 28 December.
The court accepted the case on 12 November and set a date for the submission of the report.
Earlier on 11 November, ACC deputy director Salahuddin filed a case against four people, including Papul, at the ACC’s Integrated District Office-1. The other accused in the case are – Papul’s wife MP Selina Islam, sister-in-law Jasmine Pradhan and daughter Wafa Islam. The investigation report against the accused in the case is scheduled to be submitted on 14 February.
Kuwait’s law enforcement arrested Lakshmipur-2 MP Papul on 6 June from the Musharraf area in Kuwait on charges of human trafficking and money laundering. He is currently in prison in the country. Tk 138 crore deposited in his name in various banks in Kuwait has been seized. The Kuwaiti prosecution has accused him of human trafficking, money laundering and exploitation of business workers.
According to the ACC’s allegations, Papul has illegally earned around Tk 1,400 crore by human trafficking in Kuwait. It is also alleged that he brought Tk 280 crore from abroad to the country in 2016 through bank accounts of hundi and close people.
Meanwhile, the arguments of the case filed in Kuwait against Lakshmipur-2 MP Kazi Shahidul Islam Papul on charges of money and human trafficking have ended. The Kuwaiti court has set 28 January as the verdict date for the case.