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Fakhrul, Khasru likely to be freed from jail on Thursday

  • Bail secured in all cases filed against them
  • Lawyer says no legal obstacles remain to their release
Update : 15 Feb 2024, 01:04 PM

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and Standing Committee Member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury are expected to be released from Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj on Thursday if their lawyers can withdraw the production warrants for them in all cases against them.

Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon and Advocate Masud Ahmed Talukdar, representing the two BNP leaders, have initiated the legal process for the withdrawal of the production warrants. 

This comes after both obtained bail in all the cases, as confirmed by Shairul Kabir Khan, a member of the BNP chairperson's media wing.

“Necessary legal steps are being taken following the provision that allows for the withdrawal of production warrants issued for the leaders to be presented in court while incarcerated,” the lawyers said.

Work on withdrawing the production warrants has already begun, with expectations that if completed by noon, the BNP leaders could be released soon after. The documentation related to the withdrawal is hoped to be finalized by Thursday evening.

Advocate Masud mentioned that 13 production warrants were issued against Fakhrul, highlighting the legal hurdles faced. However, Advocate Syed Joynal Abedin assured that there are no obstacles to their release as bail has been secured in all cases.

The context for the anticipated release follows a Dhaka court's decision on Wednesday to grant bail to both Fakhrul and Khasru in connection with a case filed over the vandalism of the chief justice's residence during a BNP rally on October 28 last year. The Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judges Court's acting judge, Faisal Atiq Bin Quader, approved the bail upon reviewing their petition.

The case was filed by the police on October 29, accusing 59 BNP leaders and activists, including Fakhrul and Khasru, of vandalism and assault during the rally. 

In total, 11 cases were filed against Fakhrul and 10 against Khasru related to the violence surrounding the rally. Fakhrul was detained on October 29, and Khasru on November 3, both from their residences in Gulshan.

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