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Arrest warrants against 18 senior officials of Destiny Group and Destiny-2000 Ltd were issued yesterday in two money laundering cases.

Metropolitan Magistrates Md Atiqur Rahman and Mohammad Mizanur Rahman of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court in Dhaka issued the warrants as the officials did not comply with a court order.

The court also directed officers-in-charge of different police stations across the country to submit by January 24, 2013 reports on the execution of the arrest warrants.

On September 27, Judge Mohammad Zahirul Haque of the Senior Special Judge's Court of Dhaka cancelled bail to 22 Destiny officials, including the 18, and ordered them to surrender before it.

The 18 officials, who went into hiding following their bail cancellation, had been granted bail by three Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate's Courts at different times, even though the courts had no jurisdiction over money-laundering cases.

The Anti-Corruption Commission in September filed four separate appeals against the court orders that had granted the bail, “violating provisions of Money Laundering Prevention Act, 2009”.

Of the 22 officials, Destiny Group President Harun-Ar-Rashid is on High Court bail while Managing Director Md Rafiqul Amin, Director Lt Col (retd) Didarul Alam and Destiny-2000 Ltd Chairman Mohammad Hossain are in custody.

Meanwhile, Rafiqul, Hossain and Didarul admitted, before magistrates on different dates, their involvement in the embezzlement of Tk 2600 crore collected from the group's investors.

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