The money Tarique Rahman and his business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun laundered to a Singapore bank had been extorted from different firms including Nirman Construction Ltd, a prosecution witness told a Dhaka court yesterday.
Mir Alimuzzaman, the then inspector of Detective Branch of police, gave testimony to the Special Judge’s Court-3, and said he unearthed the laundering of Tk 20.41 crore by the two while probing an extortion case filed by Nirman Construction Ltd Chairman Khadiza Islam against them on May 9, 2007.
Nirman Construction Ltd, being the lowest bidder, was primarily selected for the job to install a power plant in Tongi, said Alimuzzaman, officer-in-charge of Dhobaura Police Station in Mymensingh.
But the firm was told that it would not get the job unless Tarique, elder son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, and Mamun are paid $750,000, said the witness.
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