Alim gets bail on conditions
The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday granted conditional bail to former BNP lawmaker Abdul Alim in connection with war crimes charges.
One of the bail conditions forbids Alim from contacting any political leaders, political parties and victims and witnesses of war crimes.
A three-judge panel headed by Justice Nizamul Huq passed the order considering Alim's old age, sickness and inability to move.
Alim, a member of late president Ziaur Rahman's cabinet, had filed a petition with the court seeking bail on medical and humanitarian grounds.
Granting his prayer, the tribunal said Alim will have to stay in his son's residence at the capital's Banani until further orders.
Alim was also asked to surrender his passport to the tribunal registrar and appear before the court whenever summoned.
The court said Alim's son Faisal Alim and his counsel Tajul Islam will pay Tk 1 lakh bail bond as security money to the registrar.
As per the conditions, Alim must not make any statements to the print or electronic media and has to co-operate with the investigation agency in discharging its duties. And he has to give his cellphone number, if he uses, to the registrar.
The bail order will be cancelled if any of the conditions is violated, the court said.
The court fixed April 28 for further order and asked the accused to appear before it on that day.
Prosecutor Syed Haider Ali yesterday opposed the bail prayer saying that Alim was getting proper treatment in jail and should be kept under detention for holding a fair investigation into allegations against him.
Alim's lawyer Tajul Islam told The Daily Star in the afternoon that the police did not release his client from jail until then, as the bail bond was yet to be paid.
The police picked up Alim from his Joypurhat residence on March 27.
The tribunal on that day issued the arrest warrant following a petition by the prosecutors saying that Alim was involved in killing more than 10,000 people in collaboration with the Pakistani occupation forces during the Liberation War.
The petition also stated that Alim, then peace committee chairman in Joypurhat, killed local Awami League leader Abul Kashem on July 26, 1971.