Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus is granted bail in a Bangladesh graft case

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A tribunal successful Bangladesh connected Sunday granted bail to Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus successful a $2.3 cardinal embezzlement case.

Yunus, who was awarded nan Nobel Peace Prize successful 2006 for pioneering nan usage of microcredit to thief impoverished people, was sentenced to six months successful prison in January connected a abstracted complaint of violating labour laws. He was granted bail successful that case too and has appealed.

Prosecutor Mir Ahmmad Ali Salam said nan embezzlement lawsuit involves a workers use money of Grameen Telecom, which owns 34.2% of nan country’s largest mobile telephone company, Grameenphone, a subsidiary of Norway’s telecom elephantine Telenor.

“The charges impact nan embezzlement of complete 250 cardinal takas and money laundering. The accused gave nan money to waste and acquisition national leaders alternatively of nan workers. This measurement they deprived nan mean workers of their rightful earnings,” Salam said.

Yunus and 7 different defendants appeared successful tribunal Sunday and six others were absent.

Defense counsel Abdullah Al Mamun told nan tribunal that Yunus, 83, and nan others were innocent.

Last year, much than 170 world leaders and Nobel laureates urged Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to suspend ineligible proceedings against Yunus. His supporters opportunity he has been targeted because of his frosty relations pinch Hasina. The authorities has denied nan allegations.

The Associated Press

The Associated Press