Mahbubey Alam new attorney gen | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 14, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 14, 2009

Mahbubey Alam new attorney gen

Vows to resolve judges' appointment problems


After being appointed attorney general yesterday, advocate Mahbubey Alam stressed the need to work out solutions to the problems regarding appointment of judges to the High Court.
"A former chief justice had earlier commented that a storm swept the appointments of judges in the highest judiciary and at least 20 years is needed to solve the problems. We'll have to find out means to resolve it," he said.
Mahbubey Alam, former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), told newspersons at a press briefing at his office that they will assist the courts to establish rule of law and justice in the country.
"I hope as a law officer of the republic I would be able to discharge my responsibilities in continuation of the spirit in which the whole nation was united during the Liberation War," he said.
He urged both the existing and future law officers to extend cooperation in discharging his duties.
Alam observed that the appeals in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman murder case are not being held due to shortage of judges in the Appellate Division.
He added his office would provide all kinds of legal assistances to the government to prevent money laundering and get back the state money laundered to foreign countries.
Replying to a question, he said the state money can be laundered through different ways including opening letter of credits (LCs) in foreign countries, hundies and over invoice and under invoice and the home ministry is to examine it.
The top law officer said he will request the authorities concerned to keep the job of the efficient and honest law officers among the existing ones.
Earlier, President Iajuddin Ahmed appointed Mahbubey Alam as new attorney general yesterday, a day after his predecessor Salah Uddin Ahmed stepped down following the change of government.
BACKGROUND
Alam served as the additional attorney general from November 15, 1998 to October 4, 2001.
Born in Mouchhamandra village in Louhajang in Munshiganj on February 17, 1949, he completed his BA (Hons) in political science and MA in public administration at Dhaka University.
He also attained two diplomas in constitutional law, and parliamentary institutions and procedures in 1979 from the Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies (ICPS) in the Indian capital of New Delhi.
He was enrolled as a senior Supreme Court lawyer in 1998 and was elected member to the Bangladesh Bar Council in 2004.
He was elected the president of the SCBA in 2005-2006 and served as its general secretary in 1993-1994.

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