4 security guards of ZIA tried by court martial
The government has informed the High Court (HC) that four security officials of the Zia International Airport (ZIA) were tried by the court martial and punished on charge of torturing barrister Rezwan Hossain, a Bangladesh-born British citizen, at the airport in April last year.
The government has recently conveyed it to the court through an affidavit in connection with the case that the four convicts are Saiful Islam, Delwar Hossain, Mujibur Rahman and Anwar Hossain.
Quoting the affidavit, advocate Manzill Murshid, lawyer for Rezwan Hossain, told The Daily Star yesterday that Anwar was detained for 45 days and three others' promotion was held up for different periods for torturing his client.
Another accused Mizan was released from the charge, he said.
He said the HC yesterday asked him (Manzill) to explain by April 13 whether the members of the law enforcement agencies can be punished under the penal laws when they have already been punished under the court martial.
Rezwan Hossain, who is an adviser to charity department of London-based television Channel S, went to ZIA to see his younger sister off as she was going back to London on April 14, 2008.
A London-bound old woman sought his help as she was having problems with her ticket at the airport. Rezwan went to the ticket counter to talk about it with the officials who instead of helping the woman asked Rezwan how he had got into the counter.
At one stage, security officials Saiful, Delwar, Mujib, Anwar and Mizan beat him severely. It was published in the newspapers.
Deputy Attorney General Nazrul Islam Talukder was present for the government, while advocate Saifuddin Ahmed Chowdhury appeared for the civil aviation authorities.