In the first judgment by any of the special courts set up for quick disposal of corruption cases, Harris Chowdhury, absconding political secretary to former prime minister Khaleda Zia, was awarded three-year imprisonment for not submitting wealth statement to the Anti-Corruption Commission.
Known for his key role in setting stage for the biggest corruptions, Harris is the first of top
officials of the previous government whom the military-backed Bangladesh government is trying to punish for gross corruptions and plundering public wealth over the years, especially between 2001 and 2006.
Unlike the top politicians from both major political parties -- BNP and Awami League, Harris was smart enough to go into hiding before Bangladesh law enforcement agents could capture him.
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