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Jul 10, 2009

Former employee wins case against UB

Story PictureAlso in court, a former University of Belize employee was victorious in his second round of trial against the school. Mohammad Kamruzzaman was today awarded over forty thousand dollars in salary and benefits that were withheld when his employment was terminated as a result of theft allegations in 2004. He was accused of embezzling six thousand dollars between August 2002 and January 2004, although police were investigating the disappearance of an estimated one hundred and sixteen thousand dollars from the university’s coffers. Those charges we dropped and when we spoke to Kamruzzaman after today’s victory, he said he hopes the university has learnt its lesson. His attorney, Elson Kaseke told us more about the case.

Elson Kaseke, Attorney for Mohammad Kamruzzaman
“He was charged with Theft for handling six thousand dollars but the charge was later nolle prosequied by the Director of Public Prosecution. Following that nolle prosequi he went back to the university in order to continue his duties. But the university told him that they were conducting their own internal investigation and at the end of the investigation, they would subject him to disciplinary charges. They later subjected him to disciplinary charges and dismissed him. We took his case to court and today the court held that by withholding his terminal benefits, UB was in breach of the law, it acted unlawfully and the court awarded him an amount in excess of forty-one dollars.”

Mohammad Kamruzzaman, Won Case against UB
“The way they accused me, I think the public can know that it was wrongfully accused. I was acquitted from the charges and they even didn’t want to give me my salary and my other benefits which was even more wrongful. This is the second stage that they are ruling and legally they have to pay us and pay me what they owe me. But at the same time also I think these people should understand that what they have done to me, I hope that they realize and they learn from this that they should not just accuse somebody like that.”

Kamruzzaman was the Head of UB’s Continuing Education Program for two years before the allegations arose in 2004.

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