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Eminent citizens condemn case against Prothom Alo editor, 9 others

  • Published at 10:29 pm January 17th, 2020
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File photo of Nayeemul Abrar Collected

A Dhaka court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant against 10, including Prothom Alo Editor Motiur Rahman, in connection to the case 

Some 47 eminent citizens in a statement have condemned a case filed against the Prothom Alo editor and others, pertaining to the death of Dhaka Residential Model College (DRMC) student Nayeemul Abrar, due to alleged negligence.

“We consider this case to be motivated based on the manner in which various important government persons have made statements regarding this case, and the manner in which the Editor of Prothom alo has been implicated in this case,” read a press release issued jointly in this regard on Friday.

The distiguished citizens include Professor Emeritus Serajul Islam Chowdhury, former adviser to the caretaker government M Hafizuddin Khan, former cabinet secretary Ali Imam Majumdar, Former caretaker government advisor Advocate Sultana Kamal, Former election commissioner Brig Gen (retd) M Sakhawat Hossain, among others.  

A Dhaka court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant against 10, including Prothom Alo Editor Motiur Rahman, in connection to the case, they said.

“Even though the legal proceedings could have continued with issuance of a summons in this case, an arrest warrant has been issued. By issuing the arrest warrant a few hours before the weekly holiday, the opportunity to seek protection from a higher court has been significantly reduced,” it said.

There is no way of considering this case as separate from the attacks one after another on freedom of expression in the country, they said.

Nayeemul Abrar, a ninth-grade non-residential student of DRMC, was electrocuted by a power generator during a program organized by Kishor Alo, a supplement of Prothom Alo for young readers, on the school premises on November 1.