Nizami on 5-day fresh remand
A Dhaka court yesterday placed Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami on a five-day fresh remand in a case filed for killing 345 people during the country's Liberation War.
Metropolitan Magistrate Moazzem Hossain issued the order after Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Inspector Nurul Islam Siddiqui, also the investigation officer (IO) of the case, produced Nizami before it seeking 10 days' remand.
Earlier, on July 14 the same court granted a five-day remand each to detained Jamaat leaders Muhammad Kamaruzzaman and Abdul Quader Molla in the case. Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid, the party's secretary general, was also placed on a three-day remand on July 15 in the same case.
In the remand prayer, the IO stated that Motiur Rahman Nizami along with his party's top leaders had killed a huge number of people during the country's liberation struggle in 1971.
They had also raped women, looted and torched houses at that time. So they need to be remanded to find out reasons behind the killings as well as the whereabouts of their accomplices responsible for committing such offences, the IO stated further.
Defence lawyer Abdur Razzak submitted a petition seeking Nizami's bail as well as cancellation of the remand prayer saying his client was implicated in the case to politically harass him. The court, however, did not entertain the defence petition.
Amir Hossain Mollah, who identified himself as a freedom fighter in his submission, filed the case on January 25, 2008, with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court.
Meanwhile, the same court yesterday placed the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Saidur Rahman on a three-day fresh remand in a case filed against him on charge of subversion.
The court sanctioned the remand after Detective Branch (DB) inspector Sheikh Mahbubur Rahman, also the IO of the case, produced Saidur before it with a seven-day remand prayer in the case filed by Kadamtali police on May 23.
Earlier on July 12, the JMB chief was taken on a three-day remand in the same case.