Corruption case against Sheikh Hasina

By Xinhua

Dhaka : The Bangladeshi Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Sunday filed a corruption case against detained ex-prime minister Sheikh Hasina involving 30 million Taka (about $430,000).

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ACC Deputy Director Sabbir Hasan lodged the case with Tejgaon police station in the capital accusing Hasina and six others of taking 30 million taka from two private companies – the Summit Group and the United Group.

The companies allegedly paid the money in exchange for getting permission to set up a barge-mounted power plant in southern Khulna city.

The case statement alleged that Sheikh Hasina, while in power from 1996 to 2001 took the amount from the two companies from Oct 24, 1996 to Nov 24, 1997.

This is the fifth case filed against Sheikh Hasina now detained in a makeshift jail in the national parliament compound.

However, trial of any of the cases has not yet started.

Hasina was arrested on July 16 in connection with an extortion case involving about 29.9 million taka (about $427,000) filed by Azam J. Chowdhury, managing director of East Coast Private Trading Ltd., local agent of Russian state-owned power company Technopromp Export.

Two companies filed another two extortion cases against Hasina in April and June. A political murder case was also filed against her.