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Issue No: 237
September 24, 2011

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DB appeals for dropping arms charge
Detective police have appealed to a Dhaka court to acquit Dhaka University student Abdul Kadar in an arms case, citing the charges against him are false. Detective Branch of Police Inspector Mohammad Shahjahan, also the investigation officer of the case, submitted the probe report on September 17 before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Dhaka. “No evidence was found to prove the charge of possessing weapons against Kadar,” the report said. However, the three other accused -- Mamun Hossain, Babu and Zafar -- will have to face trial. A student of biochemistry and molecular biology, Kadar was picked up by Khilgaon police from capital's Segunbagicha on his way to dormitory around 1:30am on July 16. After the arrest, police filed three cases against him -- one for robbery, one for carjacking and the other for possessing sharp weapons. Now on bail, Kadar appeared before a court in connection with the two cases on September 21. -The Daily Star September 22 2011.

Hearing on charge framing Sept 27
A Dhaka court September 21 adjourned until September 27 the hearing on charge framing against BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman and 29 others accused in August 21 grenade attack cases. The Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 passed the order after the lawyers of 11 accused including three former inspectors general of police (IGPs) submitted separate petitions seeking time to prepare for the hearing. The lawyers pleaded for time saying they had not yet received the necessary documents of the cases. The prosecution argued no lawyer has the right to file a petition on behalf of a fugitive accused. The court will give decision on the issue once the charges are framed. - The Daily Star September 22 2011.

Defence lawyer claims charges not specific
The lawyer of detained Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee on September 21 argued before the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) that the prosecutors have brought “vague and hypothetical” allegations against his client. Defence lawyer Tajul Islam told the tribunal that the charges brought against Sayedee are not specific as these are not defined in the ICT Act of 1973. So trying him under this act would be unjustified. The defence also pleaded for not issuing order to frame charge against the Jamaat leader who is accused of committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh. The judges also rejected the defence prayer to recall the tribunal's July 14 order, which took Sayedee's crimes against humanity into cognisance. Arrested on July 30 last year, Sayedee is accused of killing, torching houses and other war crimes in 1971 war.- The Daily Star September 22 2011.

Two lawyers get bail
The High Court on September 21 granted anticipatory bail for eight weeks to two pro-BNP lawyers in a case filed on charge of assaulting a police in the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) building last month. Golam Mohammad Chowdhury Alal and ABM Waliur Rahman, who were also deputy attorney general during the BNP-Jamaat led alliance government, got bail after they appeared before the HC in connection with the case. Some lawyers assaulted MA Jalil, sub-inspector of Shahbagh Police Station in the SCBA building on August 4 when he went there in plainclothes to investigate another case filed on August 2. - The Daily Star September 22 2011.

SC asks NU not to recruit till Oct 16
The Supreme Court on September 19 directed the National University (NU) authorities not to recruit any staff for the university till October 16. The order was passed following two separate petitions filed against a High Court verdict that declared illegal the appointment of the university's 807 officials and employees. Among the 807 staff sacked, 279 recently filed the leave to appeal petitions with the SC challenging the HC verdict and seeking stay on the verdict. Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, chamber judge of the Appellate Division, also fixed October 16 for holding hearing on the petitions before a full bench of the Appellate Division. Earlier, The HC on August 23 ruled that appointment of the 807 staff recruited between November 17, 2003 and August 31, 2004 in the university illegal.- The Daily Star September 20 2011.

Victims were not robbers
A police enquiry on September 18 concluded that the six students killed by a mob in Aminbazar in July were not robbers, 10 days after a judicial probe also found them innocent. A four-member committee formed by the Police Headquarters to probe the incident submitted its report yesterday. It found no evidence that the victims were robbers. The probe, on the contrary, found negligence of duty on the part of Savar police, Additional Inspector General of Police Amir Uddin, also the chief of the committee, told a press briefing at the police HQ. “During our investigation, nobody said that the six students killed and the other injured were robbers. Nor did we find any evidence to prove that. “We recommended departmental actions against some personnel of Savar Police Station for their negligence of duty,” Amir Uddin said.- The Daily Star September 19 2011.


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