The owner of two hospitals in Bangladesh that issued thousands of fake coronavirus test results has been arrested as he attempted to flee the country, officials have said.
Mohammed Shahed, a member of the country’s governing party who regularly appeared on TV talk shows, was arrested on Wednesday by the police’s elite Rapid Action Battalion after a nine-day manhunt.
Shahed, who is chairman of the Regent Group and owner of two Regent hospitals in the capital Dhaka, was caught near the Indian border.
Abdul Baten, a commissioner of the detective branch in Dhaka, said Shahed admitted after his arrest that his hospitals did not have proper equipment to conduct coronavirus tests.
A court allowed investigators to keep Shahed in custody for 10 days for questioning on Thursday.
Officials said the hospitals had issued more than 10,000 coronavirus test results and about 60% were fake even though patients were charged for them.
The hospitals allegedly arranged for the remaining tests to be conducted by another hospital.
The two hospitals had not renewed their medical licences for years.
However, the country’s ministry of health still signed a deal with Shahed to dedicate the hospitals to coronavirus testing and treatment as the number of cases rose in Bangladesh.
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