Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)-A Bangladesh court has jailed six top officials of the BCI (Bangladesh), a now defunct pharmaceutical company of Bangladesh, for 10 years for producing and marketing spurious paracetamol syrups.
A drug court in Dhaka on Monday pronounced the verdict of the 23-year old case which was filed in 1992.
The convicts were fined BDT 200,000 each, in default, they will have to serve six-months more in jail, the court order said.
The lethal and cheap chemical diethylene glycol in the paracetamol syrups of the company had claimed the lives of dozens of children in Bangladesh in 1992.
BCI (Bangladesh) was among the five companies tested positive for using the adulterated paracetamol syrups.
The convicts are directors Shajahan Sarker, Shamsul Haque and Nurun Nahar; Executive Director ASM Badruddoza Chowdhury, Production Manager Md Tajul Haque and Quality Control Manager Ayesha Khatun.
Of them, Shahjahan Sarker was present during the delivery of the verdict while the remains are on the run.