Ex-ministers testify before ACC

Tasneem Khalil

Tasneem Khalil

[News desk] 5 former ministers of the immediate past 4-party alliance government marched into the ACC (Anti Corruption Commission) headquarters in Dhaka Tuesday morning to testify against their former boss, then Prime Minister, now imprisoned Khaleda Zia.

Former ministers, also then members of the cabinet purchase committee, M Saifur Rahman, Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, M Shamsul Islam, MK Anwar and Matiur Rahman Nizami appeared before ACC to testify in a corruption case against Khaleda Zia, her younger son Arafat Rahman Coco and 11 others.

According to the FIR (First Information Report) filed by the ACC: in 2003, Khaleda Zia and Arafat Rahman pulled strings to unlawfully award container handling contracts at Chittagong port terminal and Kamalapur Inland Container Depot to GATCO (Global Agro Trade Company), an