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'Tainted' Bangladeshi politicians in India?
March 04, 2008 11:46 IST
Nearly 100 high-profile Bangladeshi politicians have fled to India and other countries to evade arrest under the military-backed government's massive anti-graft drive, officials claimed in Dhaka.
A senior police official preferring anonymity said Abdullah was hiding in India along with his son, who was sentenced to eight-year imprisonment on a corruption charge earlier.
Abdullah, former parliamentary chief whip of Sheikh Hasina's Awami League, had been sentenced to nine years in jail by another court for tax evasion after trial in absentia.
Bangladesh police had earlier sought Interpol's assistance to track down the convicted politicians and suspects who fled the country after the anti-graft crackdown was launched by the interim administration in January last year following proclamation of state of emergency.
Police chief Noor Mohammad recently said they were trying to confirm the current whereabouts of the fugitives as many of them were hiding abroad with their family members.
The daily claimed former foreign minister Morshed Khan of Bangladesh Nationalist Party and other former ministers Abdullah Al Noman and Amir Khosru Mahmud were staying in Singapore.
It said at least six BNP leaders including former lawmaker and actor Monwar Hossain Dipzol were now staying in Malaysia while most others were hiding in Canada [Images] and Britain.