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>SHAMIM Iskander, a former flight engineer of Biman and brother of ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia, made a fortune taking commissions on lease and maintenance of aircraft and purchase of spare parts, Rashidul Hasan writes quoting airline sources.
He is one of those blamed for the huge losses incurred by the national flag carrier that had almost gone bankrupt during the BNP-led four-party alliance rule, said several former and incumbent officials of Biman Bangladesh Airlines.
Arrested by the joint forces on July 18, Shamim is listed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) as a graft suspect.
Talking to The Daily Star, some of his former colleagues in Biman said he would lead a life of luxury. He would use a platinum credit card of UK-based Barclays Bank and ride a fancy SUV, which was seized by Dinajpur police in a corruption case on June 21. He owns a house each in Australia and Canada, they continued.
The wealth statement he submitted to the ACC on June 10 last year shows that he and his wife have assets worth around Tk 4 crore and 75 tolas of gold.
However, Biman sources said Shamim made at least Tk 40 crore in commission on lease of three aircrafts for the airline during the tenure of alliance government.


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