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Dhaka Tribune

Labour law violation: Dr Yunus' bail extended again

  • Hearing on July 4
  • Sentenced to six months in jail on January 1
Update : 23 May 2024, 12:29 PM

A Dhaka tribunal on Thursday extended the bail period of Nobel laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus, chairman of Grameen Telecom, and three other top officials of the company, in a labour law violation case.

MA Awal, chairman (in-charge) of the Labour Appellate Tribunal, passed the order after Dr Yunus and three other officials appeared before the tribunal. 

The matter was confirmed by Abdullah Al Mamun, a lawyer for Dr Yunus.

The court also fixed July 4 for the next hearing on the appeal against the judgment of the Labuor Court.

On January 1, a Dhaka court sentenced Dr Muhammad Yunus, and three others to six months in jail over labour law violations.

Dhaka Labour Court 3 judge Sheikh Marina Sultana announced the verdict and later granted them bail after they filed separate petitions.

The court also fined them Tk5,000 under one section and Tk25,000 under another, in default of which they would have to spend an additional 10 and 15 days in prison.

The labour court gave them one month to file an appeal in the High Court to challenge the judgment. 

The three other accused in the case are Grameen Telecom CEO Md Ashraful Hassan, Managing Director M Shahjahan and Trustee Nurjahan Begum.

Dr Yunus was facing more than 100 other charges over labour law violations and alleged graft. 

After one of the hearings last month, he told reporters that he had not profited from any of the more than 50 social business firms he had set up in Bangladesh, reports AFP.

"They were not for my personal benefit," Yunus said.

In August, 160 global figures, including former US president Barack Obama and ex-UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, published a joint letter denouncing "continuous judicial harassment" of Yunus.

The signatories, including over 100 of his fellow Nobel laureates, said they feared for "his safety and freedom".

On September 9, 2021, a case was filed by the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishment against Dr Muhammad Yunus and three others for violating labour laws.

According to case files, the department noticed several labour law violations during an inspection at Grameen Telecom.

The violations include failing to permanent the jobs of 101 workers and employees, not forming a workers' participation fund and welfare fund, and failing to provide 5% of the company's dividend to workers.

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