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Issue No: 221
June 04, 2011

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HC asks law secy to probe allegations
A High Court bench on June 2 directed the law secretary to investigate the allegations against the solicitor's office of not supplying relevant files, records and papers of cases involving the government to the attorney general's office timely. The bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore passed the order pointing out that the attorney general's office could not submit the relevant files of some cases before it on time, as it did not get those from the solicitor's office. The bench also asked the law secretary to place the allegations against the solicitor's office before the law minister, and submit the investigation report to it within a month.-The Daily star June 3 2011.

SC rejects Tarique's review plea
The Supreme Court (SC) on June 2 upheld a High Court order saying that the money laundering case against BNP leader Tarique Rahman can run under Money Laundering Prevention Act 2002. A seven-member bench of the Appellate Division led by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain dismissed a review petition filed by Tarique against its February 9 order. The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case on October 26, 2009 against Tarique and his business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun under Money Laundering Prevention Act 2009. They were charged for illegally sending Tk 20.41 crore to Singapore between 2003 and 2007.-The Daily star June 3 2011.

5 acquitted in MiG-29 graft case
A Dhaka court acquitted Biman Chairman Air Marshal (retd) Jamal Uddin Ahmed and four others of the much-talked-about MiG-29 graft case June 1. Judge Mohammad Abdul Majid of the Special Court for Dhaka Division gave the verdict in presence of the five accused, saying the prosecution has failed to prove the charges against them. The four others are former defence secretary Syed Yusuf Hossain, Air Commodore (retd) Mirza Akhter Maruf, former joint secretary Mohammad Hossain Serniabat and Unique Group Managing Director Nur Ali. Special Public Prosecutor (PP) Shaheen Ahmed Khan told reporters the accused were discharged, as the process of charge framing and case filing was flawed.-The Daily star June 2 2011.

Sayedee's probe report placed
Investigators 0n June 1 handed over to the prosecution team the final report on the allegations against detained Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Delawar Hossain Sayedee in connection with committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War. During the hearing of Sayedee's bail petition, the prosecutors informed the International Crimes Tribunal about the report. The tribunal directed the prosecutors to press charges against Sayedee through filing a petition with it by July 11 on the basis of the investigation report, provided there is any element of charge in it. The court also fixed July 11 for hearing the petition. It also rejected Sayeede's bail petition filed by his lawyers on May 30 on medical and humanitarian grounds.-The Daily star June 2 2011.

HC rejects convicted BGB jawan's plea
The High Court (HC) on May 31 upheld a Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) court verdict regarding a convicted jawan of the paramilitary force for his involvement in the Pilkhana massacre in February 2009. The HC bench comprising Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore summarily rejected a writ petition filed by Nayek Md Ibrahim. On February 24 this year, he was sentenced to six years' imprisonment and fined Tk 100 by a special BGB court in Chittagong. On May 22, Ibrahim filed the writ petition stating that he was deprived of a proper trial as he was not allowed to engage a lawyer to defend him.-The Daily Star June 1 2011.

Mohiuddin's Case, Verdict on June 12
A Dhaka court on May 30 fixed June 12 for verdict of a graft case filed against Awami League (AL) lawmaker and former state minister for civil aviation and tourism Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and four others. After completion of arguments from the prosecution and the defence, Judge Mohammad Abdul Majid of Special Court for Dhaka Division set the date. Others accused are air commodore (retd) M Manzur Alam; civil aviation authority of Bangladesh former chairman (Caab) Sakiruddin Ahmad; Caab member group captain M Iqbal Hussain; and former AL lawmaker and proprietor of Mutual Trading Company MA Sattar.Earlier, Now defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption filed the case on April 26, 2003.-The Daily star May 31 2011.

Dead in Handcuffs, HC asks for explanation
The High Court on Ma 29 issued a rule upon the authorities concerned to explain within 10 days why they should not be given exemplary punishment for leaving a dead person in handcuffs for hours after his death at Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue. It issued the rule following a writ petition filed on the basis of a newspaper report that Chunnu Miah, 58, a prisoner of Dhaka Central Jail, was kept handcuffed for hours at DMCH morgue on May 20 after he died at the hospital. The HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore reached the decision after hearing the writ petition filed by a Supreme Court lawyer.-The Daily Star.


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