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Great Lives, Great Places: Tarique Rahman (Son Of Empress Khaleda
Zia) In The Slammer ..... .....
Menu Of Jailbird Tarique Rahman ..... .....
Daily Star, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tarique's humble days begin in jail
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman, who is used to a
posh lifestyle, passed his first day in jail hospital very
He was sent to Dhaka Central Jail on Monday night from where he was
shifted to the jail hospital for treatment.
"The civil surgeon of the jail hospital will visit Tarique today and
then the next course of steps regarding his treatment will be taken,"
Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) Shamsul Haider Siddique told The
Daily Star yesterday.
Sources said a medical team, led by the civil surgeon of the jail
hospital, will examine his heath condition and as per their suggestion
it will be decided whether Tarique will be in the hospital or in the
cell with other general inmates.
Tarique had two pieces of bread with vegetables for his breakfast
yesterday. He was served with a piece of Pangas fish at lunch with
rice and pulses. Sources said the menu for the dinner was the same.
Meanwhile, Tarique's remand for interrogation in an extortion case has
been challenged in the High Court.
Azizur Rahman Dulu, a lawyer of the Supreme Court, yesterday filed a
writ petition challenging the legality of the remand, granted by the
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Dhaka, on March 8, according to
The writ petition is likely to be moved before a regular High Court
division bench on Sunday (Mar 18), court sources said.
The law enforcers secured a four-day remand for interrogation in an
extortion case when Tarique, senior joint-secretary general of BNP,
was produced in the CMM's Court on March 8. He was arrested on March 7
midnight from his mother's cantonment residence.
The home secretary, the inspector general of police (IGP), the DMP
commissioner, the officer-in-charge of Gulshan Police Station and the
investigation officer (IO) of the case have been made respondents.
When contacted, a senior counsel for the BNP told the news agency that
they knew nothing about the move.
Tarique's wife Zobaida Rahman, his younger brother Arafat Rahman and
another person met him at the deputy jail superintendent's office at
5:45pm. They were there for 20 minutes, jail sources said.
Show No Mercy To High Class Sons Tarique Rahman & Arafat Rahman Of
Khaleda Zia, Pleads Pak Columnist ..... .....
The News, Karachi, pakistan
Thursday, May 03, 2007, Rabi-us-sani 15, 1428 A.H.
Accountability and Bangladesh
By Ikram Sehgal
...... what of the character of the mother, Khaleda Zia, who looked
the other way while her sons were robbing the country blind, what
about her responsibility to the electorate that made her prime
minister? And why should we give Tariq Rahman special treatment
because his mother brought him up as a spoilt brat? If the army's
hierarchy has any false sense of loyalty they should collectively take
a walk every morning among the poor, hungry, shelterless of Bangladesh
and look at the sheer helplessness in their desolate eyes. If they do
not discover to whom their loyalty must be given, they are either
blind or not true to the oath of allegiance they took. If the
hierarchy makes a political deal with the corrupt, whoever they may
be, there is no hope for Bangladesh. If someone robs a house you put
him in jail for a few years, white-collar criminals who take advantage
of their office and/or connections must go to jail many more years.
Bangladesh is at a peculiar crossroads in its nationhood, whether to
carry out effective accountability before returning to full democracy
or let public pressure hasten the renewal of political activity and
allow the corrupt to further corrupt an already corrupted system. It
would mean disaster; it will affect the survival of tens of millions.
Given the temptations inherent and the exhortations of the motivated,
the army's hierarchy has done well in staying within the constitution
and instead of acquiring direct power supporting civilian authority.
The Bangladesh Army chief, Lieutenant-General Moeen Ahmad, has stayed
true to his word in not getting carried away by the opportunity to
ride into town publicly as the country's saviour. He must remain
careful in not saying or writing anything that may give any
inclination of political ambition in the future. Vested interest will
not spare any opportunity to misconstrue good intention and undercut
the credibility of the army's intention and role behind the scenes
because that will erode its effectiveness. It is of the utmost
importance that the army's reputation (and his) is not tainted by hint
of personal ambition, except solely and wholly the well-being and
future prosperity of Bangladesh.
Tariq Rahman's case makes for a crossroads for accountability, if
Ziaur Rahman's sons are shown any leniency then the whole process of
accountability will be compromised. The military hierarchy will then
have no business holding anyone in Bangladesh accountable. Tariq
Rahman and Arafat Rahman are acid tests for the Bangladesh Army. Fail
to make them accountable and you have failed your uniform and your
Khaleda Zia Cancels Hospital Trip As Yet Another Son (Koko) Turns
Jailbird ..... .....
Daily Star, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Khaleda cancels trip as Koko sued for extortion
By Rakib Hasnet Suman and Rashidul Hasan
An extortion case was filed yesterday against Arafat Rahman Koko,
younger son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, prompting his mother to
postpone her scheduled trip to Singapore once again.
Abu Ahmed Jayed An Rabbi filed the case with Gulshan police station
against Koko and his two brothers-in-law Mustaqin Reza and Muktaqin
Reza, accusing them of extorting a total of Tk 1.20 crore over a
period of a few years.
In the case statement Rabbi, the proprietor of an advertising firm,
Add Media Ltd, mentioned that Koko along with his two brothers-in-law
came to his office at Gulshan-1 on April 27, 2004.
On arrival, Koko asked Rabbi to appoint his two brothers-in-law as
directors of Rabbi's company. As Rabbi declined to appoint them as
directors, Koko threatened him with dire consequences. A frightened
Rabbi sought three days to deliberate on the matter, the complainant
said in the first information report (FIR).
He also alleged that three days later Mustaqin Reza and Muktaqin Reza
were appointed as directors of the firm without any investment and
since then they withdrew Tk 50,000 each as their monthly salaries from
the firm. Koko also received Tk 1 lakh every month from the firm, the
complainant said accusing Koko, Mustaqin and Muktaqin of extorting
Rabbi mentioned in the case that there was a clear indication that if
he would not comply with Koko's proposal his life would be in danger.
In the FIR Rabbi also mentioned that apart from the amount taken from
his firm as salaries, Koko took Tk 2 lakh on May 1, 2003, Tk 6 lakh on
August 10, 2004, Tk 3 lakh on October 31, 2005, and Tk 2 lakh on
January 9, 2006 from him.
"We will take actions after proper investigation," Obaidul Haque,
officer-in-charge of Gulshan police, told reporters last night.
Mahbub Morshed, the second officer of the police station said, "Abu
Jayed An Rabbi filed an extortion case against Koko."
Although former prime minister Khaleda Zia was scheduled to leave the
country for Singapore for treatment along with seven members of her
family and house staff last night, she once again abruptly cancelled
her trip after hearing about the case filed against her younger son.
Meanwhile, Speaker Barrister Jamiruddin Sircar met the former premier
in her cantonment residence last night while the military police check-
post at the entrance of the cantonment barred relatives of Khaleda
from entering the area.
Sources said the joint forces released Koko on April 16 following his
arrest, on conditions that he would not receive any phone call and
would not try to contact anybody outside the cantonment residence --
promises he failed to keep.
Although Khaleda Zia agreed to leave the country after Koko had been
released but her son's alleged reneging on the promises prompted the
government authorities to slap a ban on any foreign trip by him.
According to the sources, Khaleda Zia was supposed to leave the
country last night along with Koko, his wife Sharmila Rahman, their
daughters Zafira and Zahia, Khaleda's nephew Duke, and two domestic
helps at 11:50pm last night on board a Singapore Airlines flight.
But, BNP leader Emran Saleh Prince told The Daily Star at 8:18pm
yesterday, "We don't know anything yet."
Sources said Khaleda was interested in going to Singapore not only for
treatment but also to ensure a safe passage for her son Koko out of
the country, as many allegations are being raised against him.
The government now has some reservations about letting Koko leave the
country while Khaleda Zia do not want to leave the country without him
as she fears he will also meet the fate of his brother Tarique Rahman,
if he continues to stay in the country.
Earlier, Tarique was asked to leave the country but he did not agree,
the source said.
Although BNP leaders officially said Khaleda would return to the
country soon along with her family members, surprisingly Koko's
daughters received transfer certificates from their school, the
sources said adding that both the kids have been absent from the
school since last month.
Tight security was visible at Zia International Airport last night
again in anticipation of the former premier's arrival there to board a
flight to Singapore. The authorities assembled a huge number of Rab,
police, BDR, and armed police personnel there. The law enforcers were
seen restricting entry of people on the approach road to the airport.
According to the sources, Khaleda and Koko did not contact any doctor
in Singapore yet, they did not even seek any appointment with any
doctor although BNP Joint Secretary General Nazrul Islam Khan on
Tuesday said both of them would go to Singapore for treatment.
BNP sources said only party leaders got the permission to see their
party chief off while some of Koko's in-laws also had tried to get the
BNP leaders said Khaleda Zia had always been determined not to leave
the country but she changed her mind after her younger son Koko had
been picked up by the joint forces during an early morning raid on
Sources said according to Khaleda Zia's travel plan she and her family
would stay in a hotel in Singapore for the first few days and later
she would move to a former BNP minister's house there. If not, she
would stay in former finance minister Saifur Rahman's youngest son
Babu's house. Babu is a close friend of Koko and also a son-in-law of
former minister Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf.
Khaleda's brother Shameem Iskandar's brother-in-law Shahed has a house
there and the former premier could also stay there if she wanted, the
In absence of Khaleda Zia, housekeeper Yunus had the permission to
stay in Khaleda's cantonment residence although BNP had already urged
the government to ensure security for the former premier's residence
as her elder daughter-in-law Dr Zobaida Rahman and her daughter Zaima
would also stay there.
The party sources said Zobaida would move to her mother's Dhanmondi
residence soon as she had been asked by the authorities not to stay in
the cantonment residence in absence of Khaleda, although Zobaida
wanted to stay in her mother-in-law's residence.
The house was allotted to late president Ziaur Rahman when he was the
deputy chief of army staff soon after the independence. He continued
to live there as the army chief, and also as the chief martial law
administrator, and then as the president of the country.
After his assassination in 1981, the erstwhile government led by late
justice Sattar gave the house to late Ziaur Rahman's family in
exchange for a nominal price. Since then, Khaleda and her family have
been living there. Khaleda Zia became the prime minister of the
country three times but never moved from the house.
The BNP chairperson postponed her suddenly scheduled departure to
Singapore once earlier on Monday although preparations had been
underway to board her on a flight that night also.
On Tuesday BNP Joint Secretary General Nazrul Islam Khan formally
announced that his party chairperson along with some of her family
members would soon go to Singapore for treatment and would return by
the end of the month.
The party on the same day also notified the government officially of
the matter through a letter, seeking permission for the presence of
its 15 leaders at the airport to see off the former premier, and
urging to ensure security for her cantonment residence during her stay
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