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Tarique, ex-ETV chairman charged with sedition

Update : 21 Nov 2017, 12:58 AM
A Dhaka court has framed charges against BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman, former Ekushey TV chairman Abdus Salam, its former chief reporter Mahathir Faruqui Khan and former special correspondent Kanak Sarwar in a sedition case. Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Md Kamrul Hossain Molla on Monday set January 15 for recording testimonies of witnesses. Salam, who was in the dock, pleaded not guilty when the charges against him were read out. Tarique has been staying in London since September 2008 after he left the country for treatment. Mahatir and Kanak are absconding, while former Salam is on bail.
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On January 8, 2015, Sub-Inspector Md Borhanuddin filed the sedition case with Tejgaon police over the live telecast of a provocative speech by Tarique at a programme in London on January 5. On September 6 last year, Detective Branch Inspector Emdadul Haque, also the investigating officer of the case, submitted charge sheet against four people, including Tarique in the sedition case. According to the case, Tarique instigated his party men through provocative speeches against law enforcers, which led to anarchy in the country at that time. Salam committed the same offence by broadcasting Tarique’s speech. He was arrested near ETV office on January 6, 2015, in connection with another case. Tarique, the son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and party founder Ziaur Rahman, is also accused in a number of cases, including August 21 grenade attack on an Awami league rally in 2004.
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