Abbas, six others arrested
The 72-hour deadline for the 50 graft suspects to submit wealth statements ended yesterday with two former ministers including Mirza Abbas, an ex-lawmaker, a former bureaucrat and a ward commissioner being arrested on the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) premises.
The intelligence men in plainclothes held former housing and public works minister and BNP leader Abbas, former civil aviation and tourism minister and senior Awami League (AL) leader Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, ex-BNP lawmaker Hafiz Ibrahim, ex-power secretary ANH Akhtar Hossain and DCC Commissioner MA Qayyum as the compound was swarming with journalists and onlookers.
Former BNP lawmaker from Narayanganj-4 Mohammad Giasuddin surrendered before the local Cognisance Court at around 10:00am. He was later sent to jail.
The same day in Sylhet, city BNP President Ariful Haque Chowdhury whose name figures in the ACC list of 50 people suspected of corruption gave himself up to a court.
Meanwhile, Law Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said trial of the detained political bigwigs and others accused of graft will begin by March. Those who still remain untouched will be rounded up soon after the government finishes gathering information about their corruption, he added.
Information collected from the daily star.
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