Bangladesh

3 AL leaders held for money laundering

Police arrested three leaders of the Awami League and its associate bodies, including the president of the party's Faridpur town unit, during the Eid holidays for their alleged involvement in money laundering.

The arrestees are: Nazmul Islam Khandakar, 61, president of Faridpur town unit AL, Billal Hossain, 54, former treasurer of Faridpur Sramik League, and Arifur Rahman, 40, general secretary of Faridpur town unit Jubo League.

The arrests were made in different areas of Faridpur town on Friday and Sunday following the instruction of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), said Md Alimuzzaman, superintendent of Faridpur police.

The arrestees were sent to jail through a Faridpur court, he said.

The CID is currently investigating a money laundering case against Sajjad Hossain, general secretary of Faridpur town unit AL, and Imtiaz Hasan alias Rubel, former president of Faridpur Press Club.

The two on July 30 told a Dhaka court that Nazmul, Billal, and Ariful were also involved in siphoning off a huge sum.

Sajjad and Rubel were arrested on June 7 for their alleged involvement in attacking the house of Subal Chandra in the town's Goalchamat area on May 16.

During primary probe, police came to know that the two had laundered around Tk 2,000 crore abroad.

Later on June 26, the CID filed a case against the two under the money laundering act with Kafrul Police Station in the capital.

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