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Odhikar’s Adilur, Elan out on bail

  • They were granted bail on October 10
  • Sentenced to 2yrs in jail in ICT case
Update : 15 Oct 2023, 09:27 PM

Human rights organization Odhikar’s secretary, Adilur Rahman Khan, and director, Nasiruddin Elan, walked out of jail on bail on Sunday.

They came out of Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj around 7:04pm, said Subhash Kumar Ghosh, senior jail superintendent.

On October 10, the High Court granted bail to Adilur and Elan, after they were sentenced to two years in prison in an ICT case over a distorted report on May 5-6, 2013 police action on a Hefajat-e-Islam rally in Dhaka’s Motijheel.

This was the maiden case filed under the ICT Act.

In 2013, Odhikar published a report on its website that claimed 61 people were killed during a Hefajat rally at Shapla Chattar in the capital following a clash between its activists and law enforcement agencies on May 5, 2013.

Detective Branch (DB) Sub-Iinspector Ashraful Islam filed a general diary at Gulshan police station on August 10 of the same year. The GD was later registered as a case.

On September 4 of the same year, DB Inspector Ashraful Alam submitted a charge sheet against Adilur and Elan to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court in Dhaka.

In 2014, the court framed charges against the two accused and ordered the trial to begin.

The court was supposed to deliver the verdict on September 7 this year after the arguments of the prosecution and the defence ended on August 24.

On that day, the court referred the pronouncement of the verdict to September 14 as its verdict was not ready.

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