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Issue No: 272
June 01, 2012

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Hearing on pro-BNP lawyers' bail plea June 3
A Dhaka court on May 31, 2012 fixed June 3 for hearing the bail petitions of 22 pro-BNP lawyers in a case filed for vandalising metropolitan sessions and district judges' courts on May 22. First Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Shahidul Islam Faruque passed the order as the lawyers' bail term granted by the High Court will expire on June 3. Dhaka Bar Association President Borhanuddin and 21 other accused secured the bail for 10 days from the HC in the case on May 24. The lawyers will be at liberty as before until June 3, the court said Thursday. - The Daily Star May 31 2012.

Decision on accepting Zia trust graft charges now July 1
A Dhaka court on May 31, 2012 for third time deferred the date for passing an order on whether it would accept the charges against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and three others in Zia Charitable Trust graft case. The court will now give the decision on the matter on July 1. Judge Mohammad Zahurul Haque of the Senior Special Judges' Court in Dhaka passed the order following a time petition of the defence counsel. In the petition, Taherul Islam Towhid, a counsel for Khaleda, told the court that his client could not appear before the court as she was busy with budget session of the Parliament. The court also extended the bail term of two other accused -- Ziaul Islam Munna, assistant private secretary (APS) of Khaleda's former political secretary Harris Chowdhury, and Monirul Islam Khan, APS of former Dhaka City Corporation mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka -- till July 1, the next date of the case. -Daily Star May 31 2012.

HC summons 8 police officers
The High Court on May 31, 2012 summoned eight police officers to appear before it on June 6 and explain their roles in Tuesday's incident in which a girl and her parents were assaulted in front of Dhaka magistrate's court. The eight officers are: Harun-or-Rashid, deputy commissioner of police of Lalbagh zone; its assistant commissioner Rajib Al Masud; Salauddin Khan, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station; its sub-inspectors, Nuruzzaman Sarker, Amir Afzal Biplob, Zaman and Jahangir; and the president of Police Club near the court. Meanwhile, the girl's mother late last night filed a case against five policemen, including operations officer Nazmul Huda, with Kotwali Police Station, said Sub-Inspector Mokbul Hossain. On May 31,2012 in a suo moto rule, the High Court also directed the inspector general of police (IGP) to turn in a report within 48 hours containing details of the responsible police officers including their records, and what steps had been taken against them in connection with the incident. -Daily Star May 31 2012.

Admit Khoka to Birdem hospital: HC
The High Court on May 28, 2012 directed the jail authorities to immediately admit BNP leader Sadeque Hossain Khoka to Birdem hospital for treatment. In response to a petition, the court also issued a rule upon the government asking it to explain in a week why Sadeque Hossain Khoka should not be granted bail in an arson case.The HC bench of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan came up with the order and rule after hearing the petition filed by Khoka on May 27 seeking bail in the case. -Daily Star May 28, 2012.



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