Rozina’s petition seeking return of passport rejected
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected a petition filed by journalist Rozina Islam seeking return of her passport, two mobile phones, and a PID card.
Rozina, a senior reporter of Prothom Alo, was sued by the health ministry on May 17 under the Official Secrets Act-1923 and the Penal Code on charges of stealing and taking photos of "highly sensitive" government documents.
She was arrested after being confined for more than five hours at the Secretariat earlier in the day.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Md Abu Bakar Siddique issued yesterday's order after Rozina and her lawyer appeared before it.
Rozina filed the petition on Wednesday.
On May 23, the court of Metropolitan Magistrate of Dhaka Mohammad Baki Billah granted ad-interim bail to Rozina on the condition that she surrender her passport.