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Issue No: 202
January 22, 2011

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150 SQ Chy's supporters sued in Ctg
Over 150 BNP activists were sued in a case filed for deterring government duty and attack on police on Chittagong court premises after a court rejected BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury's bail prayer on Wednesday. Sub-Inspector Golam Afsar of Chittagong Kotwali Police Station filed the case with the police station at about 10:00pm Wednesday mentioning the names of 52 activists, including the seven arrested from the court premises. District and Session Judge Abdul Kuddus Miyan denied the bail after Salauddin's lawyers prayed for his bail on Wednesday in a sedition case filed with Fathikchhari Police Station on December 21 last year. Salauddin's family members, BNP workers and Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum brought out a procession in the court area on Wednesday protesting the rejection. Police charged batons on the protestors and held seven people. -The Daily Star 20 January 2011.

Sabbir Murder: Charge framing
hearing deferred

A Dhaka court on Thursday deferred the hearing on charge framing against Bashundhara Group chairman's son Shafiat Sobhan Sanvir and four others till January 25 in Humayun Kabir Sabbir killing case. Judge Mohammad Rezaul Islam of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-4 passed the order following a time petition submitted on behalf of the two accused.

Of the accused, Sanvir, son of Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan Shah Alam, and security guards of Sabbir's house Nure Alam and Humayun Kabir have been on the run since filing of the case. Sanvir's bodyguards Khairul Hassan Ujjal and Shamsuddin Ahmed, now on bail, appeared before the court on Thursday and submitted petition seeking time. The same court on January 10 issued arrest warrants against Sanvir and the two security guards in the case. Mohammad Arman Ali, assistant superintendent of police of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), pressed charges against Sanvir and four others for committing the offence on May 12 in 2008. Sabbir, a director of Bashundhara Telecommunications Network Ltd, was brutally killed on July 5, 2006 and his body was found outside a building in Gulshan. -The Daily Star 20 January 2011.

HC summons Gen Nurul Islam Shishu
The High Court yesterday summoned Maj Gen (retd) Nurul Islam Shishu who was allegedly involved in forming the military tribunal that passed death sentence on Col Abu Taher in 1976. An HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Justice Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain asked him to appear before the court on January 26 and place statement over the trial of Taher. Nurul Islam hailing from Pirojpur lives at Oklahoma in the US along with his family, the government informed the court. The court also ordered the secretaries to cabinet division, ministries of foreign affairs and defence, and Pirojpur deputy commissioner to ensure Nurul Islam's appearance in the court. Additional Attorney General MK Rahman told The Daily Star that the authorities concerned would try to bring Nurul Islam back to country. The bench passed the order during the hearing on a writ petition challenging the legality of martial law regulation under which the military tribunal was constituted. Earlier yesterday, AMM Shawkat Ali, a former deputy commissioner of Dhaka, placed statement before the bench over the trial and execution of Taher.

Abdul Ali, a first class magistrate in 1976 and one of the five judges of the military tribunal, told the court on January 13 Shawkat had directed him to join the tribunal as its member. Shawkat, however, yesterday said he did not know Abdul Ali. Taher's Trial could have been held under the regular legal framework, since he was not a military officer in 1976, said the former DC. -The Daily Star, 19 January 2010.

HC stays polls in B'baria
The High Court yesterday postponed today's polls at Brahmanbaria municipality for three weeks upon a writ petition. The petitioner sought the stay on the plea that since the parliamentary by-election to Brahmanbaria constituency-3 would be held on January 27, there is a possibility of violence over campaign activities if the election to the municipality is held on January 18 (today). After the petition hearing, the bench issued a rule upon the Election Commission to explain within two weeks why it should not be directed to postpone the municipality election for later on.

Justice SK Sinha, chamber judge of the Appellate Division of SC, stayed for six weeks a High Court order that had earlier stayed the process for holding election to this municipality. The judge passed the order following a petition filed by the election commission seeking stay on the HC order. -The Daily Star, 19 January 2010.




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