DHAKA: Khadiza Islam, chairman of Nirman Construction Ltd, told the court that she had given money to businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun as consultancy fee and it was not illegal.
She made the disclosure while giving deposition to Dhaka’s Special Judge’s Court-3 of Judge M Mozammel Hossain’s court Thursday morning.
Supreme Court Bar Association president Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain cross examined her.
Earlier on June 28, Khadiza Islam gave statement in the case.
The court also adjourned the submission of depositions by witnesses over money laundering case against businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun until August 30.
Giasuddin Al Mamun was produced before the court during the hearing.
On May 15, Dhaka Senior Special Judge’s court took into cognizance the money-laundering charges against Giasuddin Al Mamun and directed to transfer the case for trial.
On October 26 in 2009, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against Tarique and Mamun, with Dhaka Cantonment police station, accusing the duo of “siphoning off Tk 20.41 crore to Singapore” between 2003 and 2007.
After investigations, the ACC, on July 6 in 2010 submitted the charge sheet of the case to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Dhaka.
Later, a Dhaka court summoned self-exiled Tarique Rahman to appear before it on August 8 in connection with the money-laundering case.
On November 16 in 2011, US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) official Debra Laprevotte testified in the case against the elder son of former PM Khaleda Zia and his businessman friend.
BDST: 1301 HRS, AUG 2, 2012
Edited by: Shahin Afroz, Newsroom Editor