Destiny MD Rafiqul Amin among 46 sentenced to jail...

Destiny MD Rafiqul Amin among 46 sentenced to jail

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 01:10 PM, 12 May 2022   Updated: 04:24 PM, 12 May 2022

Destiny Group Managing Director (MD) Rafiqul Amin - File Photo

Destiny Group Managing Director (MD) Rafiqul Amin - File Photo

A Dhaka court sentenced 46 people, including Destiny Group Managing Director (MD) Rafiqul Amin and Destiny-2000 president Lt Gen (retd) Harun-Ar-Rashid, to different terms of imprisonment in money embezzlement and laundering case. 

Judge Shaikh Nazmul Alam of the Special Judge's Court-4 delivered the verdict on Thursday.  

Among the convicts, Rafiqul Amin was sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment and Lt Gen (retd) Harun-Ar-Rashid to four years. 

Earlier on March 27, the court set today to announce the verdict after hearing. The court recorded statements of 202, out of 303, prosecution witnesses. 

Of the accused, eight are on bail while five are in jail. The other accused are absconding.

The accused in prison are- Destiny Managing Director (MD) Md. Rafiqul Amin, Chairman Mohammad Hossain, Lt. Colonel (Retd.) Md. Didarul Alam, Md. Ziaul Haque Mollah and Saidul Islam Khan (Rubel).

During the hearing, the people were produced before the court. Lt Gen (retd) Harun-Ar-Rashid and two others - now on bail - were also present. After the verdict, Harun-Ar-Rashid was sent to jail with the conviction warrant. 

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on July 31, 2012, filed two cases under money laundering prevention act with capital's Kalabagan Police Station.

The anti-graft body on May 4, 2014, filed charge-sheets in the two cases for embezzling Taka 4,119.24 crore. In one case, 46 people were accused of misappropriating Taka 1,861 crore under the cover of Destiny Multipurpose Cooperative Project, while 19 people were accused of embezzling more that Taka 2,257 crore through Destiny Tree Plantation (DTPL). 

The court on August 24, 2016 framed charges in the two cases. Of the two cases, the court is set to pronounce judgment in Destiny Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited case on May 12.