A Dhaka court has ordered to freeze three bank accounts in Britain belonging to BNP acting chief Tarique Rahman and his wife Dr Zubaida Rahman.
Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Judge KM Imrul Kayes gave the order on Thursday (Apr 18) evening after hearing an Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) plea seeking permission to launch a formal probe into money-laundering charges against Tarique.
All the three of those accounts are with Standard Bank UK.
The plea said that, the ACC had formed a probe committee while investigating Tarique’s investment aboard after siphoning off money.
It also said that the Britain’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has already frozen the transfer of £59341.93 from a White and Blue Consultant Limited to three accounts of Tarique and Zubaida
The plea sought a court order freezing their accounts saying that if steps are not taken immediately the amount can be shifted elsewhere.
According to ACC sources, the court order will be sent to the British Attorney General’s office through the Home Ministry.
The British Attorney General’s office will then then send it to the concerned bank to put it into effect, the sources said.
Tarique, who has been in London for over a decade has been given life sentence for masterminding the Aug 21 grenade attack.
He also has a seven-year jail term on his head for siphoning off Tk 204.1 million to Singapore during the BNP-Jamaat regime.
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), after seizing Tk 180 million last from the capital’s Motijheel last year claimed that he was involved with the plot to influence the 2018 national polls with money brought illegally from abroad.