British lawyer sent back from airport
The Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport authorities yesterday sent back British legal expert Toby Cadman from airport, following intelligence report against him.
Airport sources said the British lawyer landed at 9:15am and was sent back at 9:50pm.
Jamaat-e-Islami has engaged three British lawyers including Toby Cadman to defend its five leaders who have been charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.
A home ministry letter signed by its deputy secretary on June 8 asked the airport authorities not to allow Toby Cadman, said a top official of the Visa Cell of the airport requesting anonymity.
Abdur Razzak, assistant secretary general of Jamaat, told The Daily Star that Toby is one of their three foreign lawyers to defend their leaders.
He termed the incident of barring Toby from entering the country improper.
On July 23, Bangladesh Bar Council rejected Jamaat's plea for hiring three foreign lawyers -- Toby Cadman, Steven Kay QC and John Cammegh.
The Jamaat leaders facing war crimes charges are Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami, Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, Senior Assistant Secretary Generals Muhammad Kamaruzzaman and Abdul Quader Molla and Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee.