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HC inquires about action taken over death in the Mediterranean Sea

  • Published at 06:57 pm June 24th, 2019
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File photo: Migrants, who were rescued after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Tunisian Coast after they had left Libya, are seen inside a local Red Cross chapter in Zarzis, Tunisia May 11, 2019 Reuters

Earlier on June 17, a writ was filed seeking directives against those responsible for the deaths

The High Court has inquired about action taken against travel agencies and human traffickers responsible for the deaths of 37 Bangladeshis in the Mediterranean Sea.

The bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order on Monday, and asked the respondents to report within a week.

Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud stood for the state and Advocate Mohammed Emdadul Haque stood for a writ petition.

Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Mohammed Emdadul Haque filed the petition earlier on June 17 with annexed newspaper reports about the death of Bangladeshis in the Mediterranean Sea.

The writ seeks directives to take appropriate action in this regard according to the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act, 2012.

It also seeks directives on the travel agencies which illegally sent the Bangladeshi nationals through the waterways to Italy, and allocation a compensation of Tk1 crore for each of the victim’s family.

The lawyer said, the High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader is likely to hear the writ on Tuesday.

Secretaries of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Foreign affairs, Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, inspector general of police and superintendents of police of Noakhali and Sylhet were made respondents of the writ.

The Bangladeshi nationals, most of who belonged from Sylhet and Noakhali districts, reportedly died after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea on the way to Italy from Libya on May 9.