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Former Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Sent to Prison on Corruption Charges


A Court of Dhaka sent former Bangladeshi Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan to prison on Sunday after he surrendered to the Court in a graft case.

Fugitive Morshed Khan surrendered to the Special Court No 7 Sunday and sought bail in the case, while Judge Md Sirajul Islam heard the bail petition and rejected it. However, the Judge directed the jail authorities to allow the convict Division and medical treatment facilities in the prison. On August 4, last year, Special Court No 7 of Dhaka sentenced Morshed Khan to 13 years' imprisonment and "a fine of Taka ten lakh, in default he will suffer one year more in prison. Besides, the Court confiscated his wealth worth Taka 88,66,322.00.

It may be recalled, following a notice of Anti-Corruption Commission - ACCC Morshed Khan submitted a statement showing his property including his wife's property to the tune of Taka 2 crore 34 lakh 44 thousand 828.

The ACC inquired into the matter and found, he accumulated wealth worth Taka one crore 67 lakh and concealed facts about his wealth worth Taka 91 lakh 36 thousand 572. Later on December 10, 2007, ACC's Assistant Director Md Talebur Rahman filed the case with Gulshan Thana of the city.

The chief justice, MM Ruhul Amin, on Sunday instituted set up High Court bench to hear the writ petition filed by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, which challenged the notice served on her on April 20 to
vacate her house in the cantonment as the third bench felt embarrassed to hear it.
The writ petition will now come up for hearing in the bench of Justice M Anwarul Haq and Justice Farah Mahbub on Monday as the chief justice referred it to the bench, Khaleda’s chief counsel TH Khan told reporters after meeting the chief justice.
As the writ petition came up for hearing in the bench of Justice Zinat Ara and Justice AKM Abdul Hakim, the senior judge ordered sending the case to the chief justice for constitution of another bench to hear the petition saying one of the judges felt embarrassed to hear the petition.

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