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03:29 PM, July 12, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:47 PM, July 12, 2020

Libya killings: Accused Sohag denied bail again

A virtual court in Dhaka today again rejected a bail petition of Sohag Hossain in a case filed over trafficking of 26 Bangladeshis, who were killed in Libya on May 28.

Judge KM Emrul Kayesh of the Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court of Dhaka passed the order after Sohag's lawyer submitted a criminal appeal against the rejection order of the lower court through an email.

In his order, the judge said it is a sensational case and the investigation officer -- CID Inspector AHM Rashed Fazal -- found his involvement in trafficking of Bangladeshis to Libya. So, his bail was rejected.

The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka on June 10 rejected his bail after his lawyer submitted a bail petition through videoconferencing.

On Thursday, the same court rejected bail petitions of two other accused -- Khalid Chowdhury and Mosammat Sanzida – in the case.

Criminal Investigation Department on June 8 arrested Sohag, Khalid and Sanzida from different parts of Dhaka. Later, they were produced before a Dhaka court, which sent them to jail.

The 26 Bangladeshis were killed and 11 others injured when human traffickers opened fire on a group of migrants they were taking from Benghazi to Tripoli.

On June 30, Kamal Uddin alias Haji Kamal, an alleged ringleader of a human trafficking, Nur Hossan and Khabir Uddin were shown arrested in the same case.

So far, 26 cases have been filed against 300 people with different police stations following the killing of the 26 Bangladeshis in Libya.

Sixty-seven people have so far been arrested and of them, 36 -- including an employee of the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training -- were arrested by the CID.

Of the arrestees, 20 have already given confessional statements in court, said sources.

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