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Babar gets 8-year jail in graft case

 

DHAKA, Oct 12, 2021 (BSS) –

A court here today sentenced former State
Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar to eight-year imprisonment in a
graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Judge Mohammad Shahidul Islam of Dhaka Special Judge Court-7 pronounced the
judgement in presence of Babar and later sent him to jail with conviction
warrant.

Babar was sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment under section 26
(2) and five-year imprisonment under section 27 (1) of Anti-corruption
Commission Act, 2004. The court also fined him Taka 10 thousand and to suffer
three-month more behind bars in default. The court said both the sentences of
jail would run concurrently.

Earlier on October 4, the court had set today to hand down the verdict as
both the prosecution and defence concluded their parts of closing argument on
that day.

The court on September 21 read out the charges brought against Babar and
testimonies of the prosecution witnesses. The court later asked Babar whether
he wants to plead guilty or not.

In reply, Babar had pleaded not guilty and demanded justice from the
court.

The ACC filed the case against Babar with Ramna Police Station on January
13 in 2008, for amassing illegal wealth of around Taka 7.05 crore.

Deputy Assistant Director of the ACC Rupok Kumar Saha on July 16, 2008,
filed a charge sheet in the case.

The court on August 12, 2008, indicted Babar in the graft case.

Babar has already been convicted and sentenced to death in cases filed
over the gruesome grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital’s
Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004, and Chattogram 10-truck arms haul.