The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has started questioning Shamima Nur Papia and her husband Mofizur Rahman, alias Sumon Chowdhury alias Moti Sumon, after a Dhaka court granted a three-day remand in connection with a case of illegal acquisition of assets by the duo.
The couple was brought to the ACC head office from Kashimpur Central Jail at 3:30pm on Monday for interrogation.
On 14 December, Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Judge KM Imrul Kayes granted a three-day remand following an application by the ACC.
ACC Secretary Dr Mu Anwar Hossain Hawlader said further action would be taken based on the information obtained during the remand.
On 4 August, ACC deputy director Shaheen Ara Mumtaz filed a case against Papia and her husband. Papia was accused of acquiring illegal assets worth Tk6,24,18,000.
After the first day's interrogation, they are being kept at Ramna Police Station, from where they will be taken to the ACC tomorrow.
Papia, Sumon and their two associates were arrested on 22 February at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) seized passports, foreign currency and counterfeit notes from their possession.
In raids on Papia's homes in Dhaka and Narsingdi, RAB found: a pistol, bullets, five bottles of foreign liquor, cash, bank cards, and cheques. The couple was placed on remand twice, for 30 days in total, in narcotics, arms and special power act cases.
In October this year, a Dhaka court jailed Papia and her husband for 20 years for possession of illegal firearms and seven more years for possessing bullets.