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ACC seeks wealth statements of Benazir, Matiur families

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ACC seeks wealth statements of Benazir, Matiur families
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has issued notices seeking wealth statements of former Inspector General of Police Benazir Ahmed and ex-member of the National Board of Revenue Matiur Rahman, and their family members.

It has also approved a charge-sheet against former Additional Inspector General of Police Shamsuddoha Khondoker and his wife Ferdousi Sultana Khondoker in a case filed money laundering, ACC Secretary Khorsheda Yasmeen said while talking to reporters at her office on Tuesday.

Khorsheda said the ACC has found information about the wealth beyond known sources of income of Benazir Ahmed, his wife Zeeshan Mirza, their eldest daughter Farheen Rishta Binte Benazir and second daughter Tahseen Raisa Binte Benazir. It has also found information about their wealth in foreign countries.

The ACC also issued a notice seeking wealth statements of former NBR member (Customs and Excise) Matiur, his first wife Laila Kaniz, son Ahmed Taufiqur Rahman Arnab, daughter Farzana Rahman Ipsita, and second wife Shammi Akhtar Shiblee.

The notice was issued to investigate the allegations of accumulating wealth abroad and money laundering through over-voicing, under-voicing and hundi.

Apart from that, the anti-graft watchdog approved a charge-sheet against former additional IGP and the former chairman of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority Dr Shamsuddoha Khondoker and his wife Ferdousy Sultana.

On 21 November 2019, a case was filed against him and his wife for concealing information of wealth worth Tk8.87 crore and obtaining assets worth Tk2.87 crore beyond their known sources of income.

Besides, ACC approved another charge-sheet against the couple for concealing wealth worth Tk28.47 crore and amassing wealth Tk27.48 crore beyond known sources of income and making suspicious transactions.

Sources said ACC sent letters to an array of government offices including NBR, Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit, Directorate of Registration, Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority and some joint venture companies, seeking information of the wealth of Benazir and Matiur and their family members.

The two families were given a time period of 21 days for filing the wealth statements.

The ACC has so far found 697 bighas of land, shares of 19 companies, 12 flats in Dhaka, saving certificates worth Tk30 lakh, 33 bank accounts and three beneficiary owners’ accounts for share business in the name of Benazir and his family members.

On 4 May this year, the assets were seized and frozen by a court order.

Benazir Ahmed has left the country with his family.

Meanwhile, at least 65 bighas of land, eight flats, two resorts and picnic spots and three industrial establishments were found in the name of Matiur and his relatives.

Out of this, his first wife Laila Kaniz has a total of 25.70 bighas of land in Dhaka, Gazipur, Narsingdi, Jashore and Natore and four flats in Dhaka.

In her income tax return of 2023-24, Laila Kaniz has shown her total wealth valued at Tk10.03 crore.

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