Eight ex-ministers to be questioned
Bangladesh's Anti-corruption Commission summons the ministers for questioning in connection with the graft charges against the former prime minister Khalida Zia.world Updated: Sep 24, 2007 08:58 IST
Bangladesh's Anti-corruption Commission has summoned eight former ministers for questioning in connection with the graft charges against the former prime minister Khalida Zia, officials said on Monday.
The ministers were the members of purchase committee of the then cabinet of Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party led four-party alliance government which included Jamaat-e-Islami, the country's anti-graft body said in a statement.
The list include Jamaat chief and former industries minister Motiur Rahman Nizami, whose party has maintains a distance with BNP since the start of massive anti-graft campaign.
Former expelled local government minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan is also one of the eight who were asked to appear in the ACC headquarters tomorrow, the official said.
Two of the former ministers, Nazmul Huda and AKM Mosharraf Hossain, who were in charges of communication and energy ministries are now in jail on different graft charges.
They would be questioned inside the prison, ACC officials said.
Former finance minister Saifur Rahman, former agriculture minister MK Anwar and former information minister M Shamsul Islam were three others to comprise the list.
The ACC notices were served hours after two of the 13 co-accused gave confessional statement before a Dhaka court admitting their guilt in the graft charges yesterday.
Earlier, ACC filed the case on September 2 against Zia, her younger son Arafat Rahman Koko and 11 others for awarding a contract to an "incompetent and ill-equipped" firm for which she was arrested on September 3.