Mosaddek Ali Falu
Bangladeshi politician
Mosaddek Ali Falu
Alhaj Mosaddek Ali Falu is a Bangladeshi politician and a former parliamentarian from BNP. He served as the political secretary to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Begum Khaleda Zia between 2001 and 2006. He was in jail on grounds of corruption between 2007 and 2008, and is currently out on bail
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  • 2011
    Age 50
    The probe committee of the 2011 share market scam in Bangladesh identified Mosaddek Ali Falu among the 20 individuals involved in masterminding the scam to their personal benefits; specific evidences were available against Falu according to the report.
    More Details Hide Details The probe committee found Falu, among others, to operate multiple omnibus accounts used perform the chicanery. However, the Finance Minister AMA Muhith stated that the state would neither disclose the names of the accused officially nor take punitive measures without further investigation.
  • 2010
    Age 49
    It was rumored in late 2010 that Falu had submitted a resignation letter to exempt himself from the advisory council soon after he was appointed.
    More Details Hide Details It is believed that clash with other influential party leaders and expectation of a more important post prompted the resignation. Zia had neither received the resignation, nor had Falu withdrawn it. Although Falu denied sending any such letters, Falu was never seen active in politics since then. Falu is the managing director of the private Bengali language channel NTV since 2001, and the Chairman since 2003. Among other businesses he also owns the Bengali language newspaper Amar Desh. Given that NTV's news is avidly followed in the country, Falu can be considered a media mogul. He also is the chairman of a large private sector bank in the country. His industrial investments include a joint venture with China for manufacturing ceramics, steel fabrication manufacturing company, health care, and consumer products manufacturing company.
    He was granted anticipatory bail on another relief embezzlement charge in August 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Mosaddek Ali Falu continued to be a close aide of Khaleda Zia after Zia and Falu were released from prison and the caretaker regime ended. He was selected into the advisory council, now consisting of 32 members, following the Fifth National Council of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party.
  • 2009
    Age 48
    While on bail, Falu tried to make a trip to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with his family in February 2009, and was denied exit by the immigration police.
    More Details Hide Details In another lawsuit regarding the accumulation of wealth illegally and withholding information on assets, the Court halted grafts case and asked the government to explain why the lawsuit should not be scrapped.
  • 2008
    Age 47
    On 18 December 2008, the High Court ruled Falu's detention illegal and ordered bail.
    More Details Hide Details He was released on 22 December.
    While in jail, he was entitled to division by virtue of being a former parliamentarian. However, he lost division in December 2008 when he was found to have held a meeting with another politician, Islami Oikya Jote leader Mufti Shahidul Islam at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
    More Details Hide Details Previously, an iPod was confiscated from him. He was then sent to Kashimpur jail as a common prisoner.
    Falu was found guilty on charges of relief embezzlement on 2 June 2008, after spending over a year in prison.
    More Details Hide Details He was sentenced 5 years in prison and a fine of 5.35 lakh taka ($ 7,133) or a further one year. The special court convened within parliament campus.
  • 2007
    Age 46
    Following the resignation of Iajuddin Ahmed's caretaker government in January 2007 and the ascension of an army-backed caretaker government, Falu was among the first of many to be arrested on corruption charges - he was arrested on 5 February 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Soon after his arrest, 15 spotted deers reared illegally were retrieved from Falu's retreat in Savar.
  • 2004
    Age 43
    In light of Khaleda's two-way loyalty strategy Falu was allowed to contest for the 2004 by-election of the Dhaka-10 constituency when BNP parliamentarian M A Mannan's defection to Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh meant that the seat was vacant (defection from a political party automatically results in the parliament seat to be vacated under Article 70 of the Constitution).
    More Details Hide Details Falu won the elections, but the polls were considered to be sham by most observers, and according to WikiLeaks, including the United States. He was sworn in hastily, only after 30 minutes of the release of the official gazette, raising questions. It takes at least 6 hours to prepare for oath-taking after the release of a gazette, and swear-ins from other by-elections were held about a week after official results.
  • 2001
    Age 40
    He served as the political secretary to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Begum Khaleda Zia between 2001 and 2006.
    More Details Hide Details He was in jail on grounds of corruption between 2007 and 2008. Falu began his career in politics as the political secretary to Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia. He became a close companion to the Prime Minister, earning her trust. Evidence of this closeness includes Falu being delegated important duties and accompanying Khaleda Zia during her umrahs, among others.
  • 1960
    Born on April 7, 1960.
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