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Issue No: 309
February 23, 2013

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Bachchu Razakar lost opportunity to appeal
Convicted war criminal Abul Kalam Azad alias Bachchu has apparently lost his opportunity to appeal with the Appellate Division of Supreme Court as the deadline for appeal passed on February 20. The International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced the 65-year-old fugitive to death on January 21 convicting him on seven charges of crimes against humanity and genocide. The expelled Jamaat-e-Islami member, popularly known as Bachchu Razakar, was found guilty of killing 14 Hindus, raping two women, torturing two other persons and setting homes ablaze in Faridpur during the Liberation War. Azad went into hiding hours before the tribunal issued an arrest warrant against him on April 3, 2012. The tribunal held his trial in absentia. -The Daily Star February 21 2013.

Christian Youth Murder HC upholds
death penalty of JMB man

The High Court on February 20 upheld the death sentence of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leader Salahuddin alias Salehin, who was convicted of killing a Christian youth in Jamalpur 10 years back. Salahuddin, a Majlish-e-Shura member of the banned Islamist outfit, is now in Dhaka Central Jail's condemned cell. Led by Salahuddin, a group of JMB men killed Hridoy Roy of Sonarchar in Jamalpur's Sarishabari upazila on April 23, 2003. On August 20, 2007, the Speedy Trial Tribunal-4 of Dhaka passed a death sentence on Salahuddin after the investigation revealed that JMB men were behind the killing. The HC bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Emdadul Haque Azad upheld that verdict as the charges against Salahuddin were proved beyond doubt. - The Daily Star February 21 2013.

Medical Technologists HC stays recruitment process
The High Court on February 20 stayed the process for appointment to 2,077 posts of medical technologists for the next three months. In response to a writ petition, the court also issued a rule upon the government to explain in three weeks why its advertisement for appointment to the posts should not be declared illegal. Six candidates holding medical diploma under Bangladesh Technical Education Board filed the writ petition with the High Court on February 19 challenging the legality of the conditions of the ad published by the Directorate General of Health Services. The HC bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Zafar Ahmed stayed the effectiveness of the advertisement and issued the rule. Deputy Attorney General Mokhlesur Rahman represented the government. -The Daily Star February 21 2013.

HC seeks Hall-Mark's wealth info
The High Court on February 20 asked the authorities concerned of controversial Hall-Mark Group to submit its wealth statement before the court by April 20. The HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik and Justice Mahmudul Hoque passed the order while hearing a rule over the legality of granting bail to Hall-Mark Group chairman Jasmine Islam by a lower court in 11 corruption cases. The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the 11 cases against 27 top officials of Sonali Bank and the Hall-Mark Group on October 4 last year in connection with a loan scam. The HC also fixed April 20 for further hearing on the rule. -The Daily Star online edition February 20, 2013.

Bail for 5 cancelled in Parag Abduction Case
A Dhaka court on February 17 cancelled the bail to the five accused charged with abducting six-year-old Parag Mondol at Keraniganj in November last year. Awami Jubo League leader Aminul Haque alias Jewel Mollah was among the accused. Judge Md Abdul Majid of the Dhaka District and Sessions Judge's Court passed the order after public prosecutor (PP) Khandaker Abdul Mannan submitted five separate petitions seeking cancellation of the bail granted this month and last month. The four other accused include Mamun Miah, Abul Kashem, Alfaz Hossain and Rizvi Ahmed Anik. The High Court on February 13 issued a rule asking the government to explain why the bail of the five accused should not be cancelled.-The Daily Star February 18 2013.

Hall-Mark chairman's bail cancelled
Eleven days into granting bail to Hall-Mark Group chairman Jasmine Islam, a Dhaka court on February 17 withdrew its own order and cancelled her bail in 11 corruption cases filed in connection with a loan scam. Following cancellation of bail order, the High Court on February 17 withdrew its earlier order that asked a senior special judge of Dhaka to appear before it today for his explanation about granting bail to Jasmine. Judge Mohammad Zahirul Haque of the Senior Special Judges' Court passed the order after special public prosecutor Mir Ahmed Abdus Salam of the Anti-Corruption Commission submitted 11 separate petitions seeking cancellation of her bail.- The Daily Star February 18 2013.




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