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Sunday, January 11, 2015, Poush 28, 1421, Robiul Awal 19, 1436 Hijr

Fake statement : Who is this con man?
Saleem Samad
Published : Sunday, 11 January, 2015,  Time : 11:05 AM,  View Count : 121
The man who is blamed for forging the statement of six US Congressmen along with their signatures was previously arrested 27 times in 9 years in United States for fraud.
Last week, a statement incriminating six US Congressmen on the current political crisis in Bangladesh caused ripple in the political circle has been discovered to be faked by Jahid F Sardar Saadi, an US based Adviser of BNP chief Khaleda Zia and an aide of BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman, now in self-exile in London.
The fraudulent statement claimed the US Congressmen had called for dialogue between the Awami League and the BNP in the spate of political deadlock.
An official statement issued on January 8 from the House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Engel on issuance of fraudulent press statement on Bangladesh claims that the press reports in Bangladeshi media outlets dated January 7 regarding the political situation in Bangladesh is based upon a fraudulent statement.
Saadi, 'Special Adviser and International Envoy' has changed his colours each time he was arrested and also changed addresses in America.
The adviser, a "controversial person" is a person who swindles another by means of a confidence trick, claimed former BNP's US chapter president Abdul Latif Samrat.
He broke all previous records of being arrested for fraud by any immigrants who came from Bangladesh, said the US based BNP leaders.
Saadi was accused of bank fraudulence for 27 cases filed against him in Florida and Arizona states and pleaded guilty.
The accused adopted several names for committing the bank frauds. Sometimes he was Sardar Jahid Faruque, sometimes Sardar Faruque, sometimes S Faruque or F Faruque, sometimes Faruque Sardar and other assumed names, according to US District Court case documents.
He had mentioned different home addresses in Miami, Florida and Jacksonville, Arizona and date of birth for committing fraud.
Many Bangladeshi immigrants have been swindled by his marvelous tricks of salesmanship and upbeat PR.
It shocked many BNP leaders and activists when they learned that Jahid F Sardar Saadi has been appointed 'Special Adviser and International Envoy' to BNP chief Khaleda Zia. An appointment letter was issued on November 17, 2013 by BNP acting General Secretary Mirza Fakrul Islam Alamgir.
The BNP activists claimed that Saadi was never seen in any political event in the US. His socialising and activities was mysterious, which raised questions among the pro-BNP leaders and activists.
They have expressed their surprise how could a nondescript person be appointed for a sensitive and equally responsible job.
The pro-BNP activists living in North America were shocked to see a portrait of a person, who has been accused for scores of bank frauds in the New York based Bangla press.
He boast of having access to Khaleda and his son Tarique Rahman and claim to take guidance from them only, which angered the BNP leaders from East to West coast. Saadi is son of a senior bureaucrat Sardar Ajhar Ali, who hails from Barisal. He went to America and sought political asylum status in 1998.
In his application for refugee status, he claimed that he was bom in a conservative Muslim family and converted to Christian faith. If he returns home (Bangladesh) he would be lynched publicly and could be killed, he described in the application. He urged the authority for his safety and security he should be granted to stay in US permanently. The immigration court gave a verdict in favour of Saadi to stay in US.
Recently Saadi and a BNP leader Sarafat Hossain Babu met Nisha Desai Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs on eve of her visit to Nepal and Bangladesh in November last.
Saadi is visible only when a visitor arrives from England and Europe who have been recommended for providing local hospitality by Tarique Rahman.
This and other issues of his attitude has cause frustration among the supporters of BNP in America and still wonders how could Saadi be a representative of three times prime minister and also leader of the opposition Khaleda Zia.

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