Morshed Khan

Morshed Khan (born 8 August 1940) is a Bangladeshi politician who served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh from 2001 until 2006.[1] He served as a Jatiya Sangsad member representing the Chittagong-10 constituency in the 6th, 7th and 8th parliaments.

Morshed Khan
মোরশেদ খান
Morshed Khan.jpg
Khan in 2014
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
14 November 2001 – 29 October 2006
Prime MinisterKhaleda Zia
Preceded byA. Q. M. Badruddoza Chowdhury
Succeeded byIajuddin Ahmed
Member of Parliament
for Chittagong-10
In office
19 March 1996 – 27 October 2006
Preceded bySirajul Islam Chowdhury
Succeeded byMoin Uddin Khan Badol
Personal details
Born (1940-08-08) 8 August 1940 (age 80)
Chittagong, Bengal Presidency, British India
NationalityBangladeshi
Political partyBangladesh Nationalist Party
OccupationPolitician

Khan was imprisoned in May 2009 in connection with a graft case in which he was sentenced to 13 years.[2]

EducationEdit

Khan completed his Bachelor of Engineering study from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.

CareerEdit

In 1986, Khan was elected the member of Jatiya Sangsad.[3] He was then elected to parliament three more times (February 1996, June 1996, and 2001).[4] He was the special envoy to the Prime Minister during the tenure of the full-fledged minister from 12 to 8, and was also the chairman of the Bangladesh Special Committee on Foreign Affairs. Morshed Khan served as the Foreign Minister of the Government of Bangladesh from 2001 to 2006.[5]

Khan retired from politics by resigning from the vice president post of BNP on 5 November 2019.[6]

Charges and convictionsEdit

In December 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed cases against Khan and his wife for amassing Tk 1.7 crore wealth illegally and concealing information about wealth worth Tk 91.34 lakh in his wealth statement submitted to ACC.[7] In August 2008, a special judge's court convicted Khan and sentenced him to 13 years' imprisonment.[7] The High Court, in August 2010, suspended that sentence following an appeal by Khan.[7]

In 2013, ACC filed a case Khan, his wife Nasrin Khan and their son Faisal Morshed Khan under the Money Laundering Prevention Act.[8] In September 2019, a Dhaka court allowed the government and ACC to confiscate their assets in Hong Kong.[8] The assets include Hong Kong dollar worth Tk 16 crore with Standard Chartered Bank and 16.8 lakh shares of Fareast Telecommunications Ltd in Hong Kong.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Khan is married to Nasrin Khan. Their daughter is married to a son of Salman F Rahman.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Former Bangladesh foreign minister jailed in absentia". Reuters. 2008-08-04. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  2. ^ "Morshed Khan sent to jail". The Daily Star. 2009-05-11. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  3. ^ "Bangladesh Parliament Election 1986" (PDF). Jatiyo Sangshad. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Bangladesh election 1996" (PDF). Jatiya Sangsad. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 September 2018.
  5. ^ "ACC slaps travel ban on ex-BNP minister Morshed Khan". Dhaka Tribune. 2019-06-10. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  6. ^ বিএনপি থেকে পদত্যাগ করছেন মোরশেদ খান. The Daily Star (in Bengali). 2019-11-06. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  7. ^ a b c "SC allows ACC to appeal against Morshed Khan's acquittal". The Daily Star. 2016-01-15. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  8. ^ a b c "Court allows govt to confiscate Morshed Khan's bank accounts". The Daily Star. 2019-09-19. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  9. ^ "Ex-FM Morshed Khan leaves for London by chartered flight in pandemic". bdnews24.com. 2020-05-29. Retrieved 2020-05-30.