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Issue No: 229
July 30, 2011

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Rajuk asked to explain building safety rule
The High Court (HC) on July 28 summoned the chief of Rajdhahi Unnayan Kartipakkha (Rajuk) to explain the building safety rules. The court asked Rajuk chief Md Nurul Huda and four police personnel to appear before it on August 3 to give their statements in connection with the death of a college student. The four police officials are Syed Ziauzzaman and Shahabuddin Khalifa, officers-in-charge of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar and Pallabi police stations, and Ajit Roy and Anser Ali, sub-inspectors of Pallabi police station, The court also asked Khaled Mohammad Jewel Mollah, managing director of Sagufta Group, its director Walid Mohammad Mollah and two contractors Sazzad Hossain and Md Osman Ali before it on the same day. The two OCs and contactor Osman Ali on July 28 appeared before the bench in compliance with its July 26 order.-The Daily star online edition July 28 2011.

Koko's tax dodging case hearing deferred
A Dhaka court deferred the charge framing hearing against Arafat Rahman Koko, the youngest son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, till September 8 in a tax evasion case. Judge Mohammad Zohurul Haque of the Senior Special Judge's Court passed the order following a time petition, seeking adjournment of the hearing. Mahbub Uddin Khokon, Koko's lawyer, filed the adjournment petition as hearing on a rule remains pending with the High Court (HC).Following hearing of the writ petition, the HC issued a rule upon the government to explain why the proceedings of the case should not be declared illegal. The National Board of Revenue (NBR) on March 1 last year filed the case against Koko for evading income tax on his income of Tk 52.39 lakh for fiscal years from 2002-2003 to 2006-2007.- The Daily star online edition July 28 2011.

310 more indicted for BDR carnage
A trial court on July 27 framed charges against 310 more accused in the country's largest ever killing case filed in connection with the carnage at border guards' Pilkhana headquarters in February 2009. As many as 740 out of 850 accused have so far been charged with the gory mutiny. The court may indict the remaining 110 accused on August 10, paving the way for the start of trial of the case. In terms of the number of accused, this is the largest ever criminal case in the country's history. Arson, looting, dumping of bodies, burying bodies in mass graves and theft are the other charges brought against the accused. The judge read out specific charges against the accused and asked them whether they are guilty. All the accused claimed themselves innocent. Earlier on July 20, Judge Mohammad Zohurul Hoque of the Court of Metropolitan Sessions Judge framed charges against 430 accused.-The Daily star July 28 2011.

Porimol files petition
Porimol Joydhor, the sacked teacher of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, on July 27 filed a petition with a Dhaka court for withdrawing his confessional statement in the case filed against him for allegedly molesting a student. Porimol in his petition claimed the investigation officer (IO) of the case tortured him inhumanly to extract a confession. During the five-day custodial remand, the IO took him to a desolate place at Balur Math in the city's Bashundhara and pressed him for the statement, he said. The IO even threatened to kill him in 'crossfire', mentioned Porimol adding, the charge brought against him was false, fabricated and concocted and he was implicated in the case under a conspiracy to harass him. - The Daily star July 28 2011.

HC acquits six in Newton Murder Case
The High Court on July 26 acquitted three condemned accused and commuted seven others' death sentence to life-term imprisonment in the sensational Dhaka City Corporation ward commissioner Saidur Rahman Newton murder case. The HC also acquitted three more accused who had earlier been sentenced to life in the same case. A trial court in 2006, sentenced 10 accused to death and six others to life imprisonment after a lengthy hearing of Newton killing case. Newton, the then commissioner of DCC ward No-8 (Mirpur), was gunned down by a gang near Rapa Plaza in the capital's Dhanmondi area on May 10, 2002. The HC bench of Justice Md Fazlur Rahman and Justice Bhabani Prasad Singha yesterday delivered the verdict after holding hearing for eight working days on the death reference and appeals filed by the accused against their convictions.-The Daily star July 27 2011.

Tarique asked to appear in court on Aug 8
A Dhaka court on July 25 asked Tarique Rahman, senior vice-chairman of BNP, to appear before it on August 8 in a money laundering case. On failure to appear, charge will be framed against Tarique in his absence, said the court. Judge Mohammad Mozammel Hossain of the Special Judge's Court-3 passed the order as the BNP leader did not appear before the court for a single day in the case. Earlier, two other courts issued arrest warrants against Tarique, elder son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, in connection with the August 21 grenade attack cases.-The Daily star July 26 2011.


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