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Violating Court Order, Former Bangladesh Foreign Minister Leaves For UK

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Former Bangladesh Foreign Minister Morshed Khan and his wife Nasrin Khan left Dhaka for London by a chartered flight early on Friday  despite there are restrictions on his travel abroad by the High Court. 

Easternlink learns the High Court was not informed by the Khans on their impending departure  .

On June 28, 2017, the corruption watchdog ACC filed the case with Banani police station in Dhaka against 16 people, including Khan and his wife, on charges of embezzling over Tk 383 crore from AB Bank.

In June 10 last year, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) asked the immigration authorities to stop former foreign minister and BNP leader M Morshed Khan from leaving the country. 

In a letter sent to the Special Superintendent of Immigration Police, the ACC stated that Morshed Khan had been trying to flee the country along with his family members and must be barred from doing so to ensure a fair investigation into the allegations brought against him.

Family sources said Morshad Khan and his wife left home at around 3pm on Thursday for Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka to fly to London by a chartered plane. 

The chartered flight left Dhaka to London at 1:15 am on Friday just past midnight.

 The couple’s son Faisal Morshed Khan  now stays in London. Morshed Khan’s Personal Assistant Samir told the media, “Sir (Morshed) suffers from old-age complications. That’s why he left for London for a checkup. I don’t know anything more.”

HC orders froze Morshed Khan, his wife and son’s accounts with  Standard Chartered bank in Hongkong on 5th June 2016.

KATHMANDU, NEPAL: Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Morshed Khan (2-R) and his wife Nasrin Khan (R) pose along with Nepalese Foreign State Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat (3-R) and a group of girls in traditional costume at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, 18 November 2004. Khan arrived as a special envoy of the Bangladeshi Prime Minister Begum Khalida Zia to hand over an invitation to Nepalese Prime Minster Sher Bahadur Deuba to attend the 13th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Summit scheduled to he held in Dhaka from January 09 2005. AFP PHOTO/Devendra M SINGH (Photo credit should read DEVENDRA M SINGH/AFP via Getty Images)

The court acted on a petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) against a lower 

court’s admission of a final report prepared by its investigators recommending their acquittal in a money laundering case.

The Anti-Corruption Commission of Bangladesh was dissatisfied with the manner in which the probe had been conducted and wants the report trashed. 

The High Court also issued a rule asking why the report should not be rejected and a fresh investigation ordered. 

Case details reveal the ACC had proceeded against Morshed Khan, his wife, and son under the Money Laundering Control Act in 2103, and a final report was filed in July 2015.

Director of the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport Group Capt AHM Towhidul Ahsan told Easternlink : “We are not concerned about the passengers. Immigration staff knows about these passengers. And they got the permission from Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We don’t know about the passengers, but we have seen the permission of the plane to fly.  So, we are only informed about a chartered plane left Dhaka for UK carrying two passengers early Friday, that’s all.”

But BD Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen denied this and told Easternlink : “ We are not informed by any authority about this. And don’t know anything about this.” .

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