Freeze Tarique’s money in UK bank: Court

Foreign Ministry to decide next action

Home Minister Azaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Friday said the court order to freeze three accounts of BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman and his wife Dr Zubaida Rahman with a UK bank, will be sent to the Foreign Ministry. He made this remark after the inauguration of the repairing works of the ground floor of a local mosque in city’s Karwan Bazar area. The home boss said the activities of Bangladesh Police abroad are conducted through the international police organisation Interpol. 

He told the journalists that the freeze order against Tarique and Dr Zubaida’s bank accounts would be sent to the foreign ministry for the next course of action. About the outcome of his China visit, Kamal said, “China will extend their cooperation to repatriate forcibly displaced Rohingyas to Myanmar.” 

“We have requested our Chinese counterpart so that they play vital role to send back the Rohingyas to their homeland,” he continued. China is ready to solve the existing problems between Bangladesh and China, he further said. He said a memorandum of understanding was signed between Dhaka Metropolitan Police and Beijing Police. China will help in implementing Bangladesh’s zero tolerance policy against narcotics. 

They will also give assistance to provide training to Bangladesh Police and firefighters. Earlier a Dhaka court on Thursday ordered to freeze three British bank accounts of BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman and his wife Dr Zubaida Rahman. Dhaka metropolitan senior special judge KM Imrul Qayesh passed the order after holding hearing on a permission case filed by AntiCorruption Commission (ACC). 

All the three bank accounts are with Santander Bank UK PLC. “The court order now will be sent to British Attorney General office through our ministry of Home Affairs. The concerned attorney general office then will execute the order by sending it to concerned bank,” ACC prosecutor Mahmud Hossain Jahangir told journalists. According to the case documents, ACC formed a probe team to investigate allegations of money laundering and making investment abroad through the money against Tarique. 

The team during its investigation found that the process of transferring GBP 59,341.93 from those three accounts has been stayed by the order of UK Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). So if no action is taken regarding the money, this will be gone out of hand soon and would not be possible to seize under state exchequer. So, the ACC moved the case to stop transferring the money.