AG opposes bail prayers of politicians | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 18, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 18, 2009

Conviction In Absentia

AG opposes bail prayers of politicians

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam yesterday strongly opposed the bail prayers filed by some politicians convicted in absentia in the cases against them.
He told the High Court that any convict cannot get any benefit of praying for bail to the HC by directly appearing before this court without surrendering to the trial court in connection with the case concerned and this is the settled principle of long existing laws.
The highest law officer of the country said this while making submissions during the hearings on bail petitions.
Earlier, the petitioners' counsels argued that there was no rule of law in the country during the last two years of emergency and it was difficult for the petitioners to surrender before the courts in connection with the cases against them.
The High Court has powers to consider the bail prayers, they said.
The HC bench of Justice Syed AB Mahmudul Huq and Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury adjourned until today the hearing of the petitions.
The politicians, including former Awami League lawmaker Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Jatiya Party (Manju) Chairman Anwar Hossain Manju, former BNP lawmaker Nadim Mostafa and former finance minister M Saifur Rahman's son Shafiur Rahman Babu, in January surrendered before the court and prayed for bail in different criminal cases.
In the cases, they were convicted in absentia.
Barrister M Amir-Ul Islam and Barrister Moudud Ahmed appeared for the petitioners.

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