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Papul’s wife, daughter get bail upon surrender

27 Dec 2020 19:36, Somoy English Desk
Papul’s wife, daughter get bail upon surrender
Papul’s wife, daughter get bail upon surrender

A Dhaka court on Sunday granted bail to Salina Islam, MP, wife of Laxmipur-3 MP Mohammad Shahid Islam Papul, and their daughter Wafa Islam in a graft case.

Judge of Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Judge Court KM Emrul Kayesh passed the order when they surrendered before his court seeking bail in compliance with a High Court order.

Earlier on December 22, the High Court asked them to surrender before the trial court by December 28.

The court came up with the order after hearing a petition seeking time for surrender.

On December 10, the High Court bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Ahmed Sohel denied bail to them and asked them to surrender before the trial court within 10 days.

On November 28, Salina and her daughter sought bail from the High Court.

On November 11, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against Papul, his wife Salina, their daughter Wafa and Papul’s sister-in-law Jesmin Akter Prodhan on charge of laundering around Tk 148 crore.

Salina and Jesmin were interrogated by the ACC on July 22 last as part of investigation against the Bangladeshi MP who was arrested in Kuwait over human trafficking, money laundering, visa trading and bribery charges.

Papul was arrested in Kuwait on June 6.

Kuwaiti authorities froze his bank accounts and companies to ensure that the money is not moved around beyond the jurisdiction of Kuwaiti courts.

The MP is the managing director and CEO of Marafie Kuwaitia Group, a security and labour contracting company. In addition, he has three other companies in Kuwait, all of which are cleaning and contracting companies.

He has an annual net profit of around two million Kuwaiti dinars after all the bribes and money he spent on gifts in exchange for facilitating transactions and paperwork to bring in workers from Bangladesh. 

There are 350,000 Bangladeshis residing in Kuwait, according to the Embassy of Bangladesh.

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