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Issue No: 267
April 28, 2012

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MK Alamgir acquitted of graft case
A Dhaka court on April 26 acquitted former state minister for civil aviation and tourism Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and four others of a corruption case filed against them in 2003. The four acquittals are: Air commodore (retd) M Manzur Alam; civil aviation authority of Bangladesh former chairman (Caab) Sakiruddin Ahmad; Caab member group captain M Iqbal Hussain; and former AL lawmaker and proprietor of Mutual Trading Company MA Sattar. Judge Mohammad Abdul Majid of the Special Court for Dhaka Division pronounced the judgement in present of all the acquittals. -The Daily Star online edition April 26 2012.

Mojaheed denied bail in Aug 21 case
A Dhaka court on April 25 refused Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed bail in the August 21 grenade attack cases. Judge Shahed Nuruddin of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 passed the order after a lengthy hearing on the bail petitions filed by the Jamaat secretary general on April 9. Earlier in the day, counsels of six accused in the cases cross-examined Sharif Faruq Ahmed, the then sub-inspector of Motijheel Police Station, who had filed the cases. The court fixed April 30 for the next hearing of the cases. Twenty-four people, including Awami League leader Ivy Rahman, were killed and around 200 others injured in the grisly grenade attack on an AL rally at Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004. The then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina narrowly escaped the attack- The Daily Star April 26 2012.

Order to arrest Bashundhara chairman
A Dhaka court on April 25 issued arrest warrants for Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan Shah Alam and two others in a case filed for misappropriating Tk 2.63 crore. Metropolitan Magistrate Shamsul Islam passed the order as Shah Alam, also the chairman and managing director of East West Property Development Ltd, a concern of Bashundhara Group, and the two other accused did not appear before the court flouting previous orders. The two other accused are Mahbub Morshed Hasan, vice-chairman of East West and Shah Alam's son Sadat Sobhan, who is a director of the company. The court, however, granted bail to another accused Towhidul Islam, deputy managing director of the company, as he had earlier surrendered before the court seeking bail. A Dhaka court on December 18 last year summoned the four to appear before the court on February 20 this year on fraud charges.- The Daily Star April 26 2012.

HC asks govt to form probe body
The High Courton April 25 directed the government to form a three-member committee to investigate into the recent incidents of repression on minority communities in Satkhira. It also directed the committee, to be headed by a joint secretary of the law ministry, to submit a report on the investigation to it within May 17. The incidents were brought to the court's attention on April 15 when Bangladesh Minority Watch President Rabindra Ghosh brought forth some newspapers reports. The reports said some bigots set fire to several houses of Hindus at Kaliganj upazila in Satkhira district and looted valuables after bringing accusations that a drama performed by a local school's students hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims.-The Daily Star April 26 2012.



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