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Contempt of court: Prothom Alo editor summoned

Contempt of court: Prothom Alo editor summoned

The Supreme Court today summoned Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman and its Joint Editor Mizanur Rahman Khan before it on January 5 in connection with a contempt of court petition. SC lawyer Sirajum Munir filed the petition for publishing an article titled ‘Selection of Chief Justice (Prodhan Bicharpati Bechhe Naowa)’ in the Prothom Alo...

Hall-mark Boss

SC questions HC bail order

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has come down heavily on a High Court bench for "not properly exercising its discretion and not assigning any reason" in granting anticipatory bail to Hall-Mark group Chairman Jasmine Islam in a corruption case.   "We have repeatedly held that it is an extra-ordinary remedy and an exception to the general rule of bail which can be granted only in extra-ordinary and exceptional circumstances upon a proper and intelligent exercise of discretion. This being...

TANGAIL MP, 3 OTHERS’ ARREST OR HARASSMENT

Cops can now arrest Tangail MP, says AG

The Supreme Court today extended its order that stayed a High Court directive asking law enforcers not to arrest or harass Amanur Rahman Khan Rana, the lawmaker of Tangail-3 constituency, and three others in a case filed for killing Awami League leader Farukh Ahmed. The three others accuse are: Amanur Rahman Khan Rana, a lawmaker from Tangail-3 constituency, Jahidur Rahman Khan Khokon, Samiad Khan Bappa, and Sanoar Hossain. A five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice passed the...

Khaleda's trial gets go-ahead

Khaleda's trial gets go-ahead

The Supreme Court yesterday scrapped BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's petition against a High Court verdict that had upheld the charge framing against her by a lower court in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case. A five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain passed the order hearing the leave-to-appeal petition filed on July 7. The four other judges are Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, Justice Md Wahhab Miah, Justice Hasan Foez Siddique and Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik. The bench held a long discussion before passing the order around 9:50am yesterday, said court sources. Hours after the SC order, Khaleda submitted two more petitions with the HC expressing no...

APPELLATE DIVISION VERDICT

SC allows govt, war criminals to file review petition

SC allows govt, war criminals to file review petition

The Supreme Court has allowed both the government and condemned war criminals to file review petitions against the Appellate Division verdicts 15 days into receiving its certified copy. The SC decision has erased the debate which was surfaced after war criminal Abdul Quader Mollah was executed on December 12 last year following its verdict. Exercising...

Wait until review petition disposal: Kamaruzzaman counsel

Wait until review petition disposal: Kamaruzzaman counsel

Saying that death-row war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman will seek review of his punishment, one of his counsels today expressed hope that the government would not execute him until disposal of the petition. Kamaruzzaman will file the petition after getting certified copy of the full verdict of the Supreme Court that upheld the death penalty awarded to him by the International Crime Tribunal-2, Khandaker Mahbub Hossain said. “It will be illegal, if the government executes him before the SC releases its full verdict,” Hossain said while addressing a press conference at the SC Bar Association auditorium in Dhaka. The four-member bench of the Appellate Division has awarded Kamaruzzaman the capital punishment on charges...

No escape

No escape

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the death penalty for Muhammad Kamaruzzaman for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War. A war crimes tribunal awarded him the capital punishment a year and a half ago. The apex court verdict has paved the way for execution of the Jamaat leader, a key organiser of the infamous Al-Badr Bahini responsible for abducting, torturing and killing freedom fighters, intellectuals and pro-liberation people in 1971.  Kamaruzzaman, 62, got the death sentence for the mass killing at Sohagpur in Sherpur on July 25, 1971. The SC upheld his conviction on this charge unanimously, and his death penalty by a majority decision. The four-member SC bench headed by Justice...

Village of widows

Village of widows

As the morning dawned in remote Sohagpur village on July 25, 1971, Julekha Begum (not her real name) became busy in household chores. Suddenly, she heard a loud burst of gunfire from a nearby field. Little did she know that her peaceful village would soon be turned into a death valley. Within a few minutes,...

Whole week gone

Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday announced to enforce the third bout of hartal for tomorrow, aimed at wasting the only working day left this week, in protest against the Supreme Court's upholding the death penalty of its leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman. With this latest announcement of hartal, the exams of around 21 lakh students of schools and madrasas slated for tomorrow have met the same fate as the previous ones -- a further postponement. The Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations...

Key man behind atrocities

Immediately after independence, Muhammad Kamaruzzaman was arrested in Dhaka as a collaborator of the Pakistan army and was thrown into jail for several months. He, however, escaped trial due to unknown reasons. In the last four decades, the Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general was successful not only in dodging trial but also in establishing himself as a national level leader of the party. He enjoyed a free life until July 2010 when he was arrested. Though families of martyrs and victims who...

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