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Further hearing on BNP top leaders’ bail plea on November 28

Update : 21 Nov 2013, 08:06 PM

A Dhaka court on Thursday fixed November 28 for further hearing on bail pleas of five BNP top brass accused in two cases filed for “attempt to kill lawmen and provoking violence” and damaging, plus setting fire to vehicles.

The five are BNP standing committee members Moudud Ahmed, MK Anwar and Barrister Rafiqul Islam Miah and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s adviser Abdul Awal Mintoo and special assistant Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas.

Metropolitan Sessions Judge Md Jahurul Haque passed the order asking the investigation officers of the cases to quiz the BNP leaders in jail gate on November 24. The court stated that it would hear the bail pleas after the leader had been quizzed.

Earlier on November 14, a Dhaka court placed the five leaders, including the adviser and the special assistant to the party’s chairperson, on an eight-day police remand.

Later on Sunday, the High Court stayed the lower court’s remand order and directed the authorities to send the suspects to jail immediately.

On 14 November, the defence filed criminal miscellaneous petition with the metropolitan sessions judge court against the bail rejection order of CMM court.

Hearing of both sides

Defence counsel Md Sanaullah Miah mentioned that two of the detained BNP leaders were lawmakers and Moudud Ahmed recently came back from London after his treatment and another accused MK Anwar was also an aged and honorable ex-minister.

He said they were arrested by police violating the law. According to the law, police had to take permission from the Speaker if they wanted to arrest any parliament member, but the lawmen did not do so.

Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon in his argument said at every hartal, police killed common people while carrying out the order of prime minister.

The lawmakers should be given bail since they were parliament members and the parliament was running, said the defence counsel.

On the other hand, Public Prosecutor Md Abdullah Abu of the Metropolitan Sessions Judge court opposed the bail plea mentioning that the accused masterminded the cocktails’ blast in Kamlapur area.

He also mentioned that the investigation officers asked them in jail get on 24 November and so their bail should be rejected.

The Two Cases

On November 5, one case was filed with Motijheel police station. In the case, Assistant Sub-Inspector AKM Azizul Haque of the police station said the five arrestees along with 60-90 activists blocked the road in front of New Anar Bakery near Kamlapur Bazar on the second day of the previous 60-hour hartal.

In another case, on September 24, Sub-Inspector Humayun Kabir Hawlader filed the case with Motijheel police station against 53 named persons and 80-90 unnamed others. 

Earlier on November 8, Moudud, MK Anwar and Barrister Rafiqul were detained from in front of Hotel Sonargaon in the capital hours after the opposition called a 72-hour hartal demanding a non-party polls-time government.

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