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Issue No: 207
February 26, 2011

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SC gets 1st woman judge
For the first time in the history of country's judiciary, a woman judge has been appointed to the Supreme Court (SC), along with three new judges. The president elevated four senior High Court judges--Justice MA Wahhab Miah, Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and Justice M Imman Ali--to the Appellate Division.Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana, also the first female judge in the HC, was promoted to additional judge of the HC on May 28, 2000.President Zillur Rahman made the appointments as per Article 95(1) of the Constitution upon recommendations of the chief justice, sources said. The appointed judges of the Appellate Division of Supreme Court were sworn in on Wednesday. -The Daily star 23 February 2011.

310 more BGB jawans charged
A special court of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), formerly BDR, yesterday pressed charges in a case against 310 jawans of 36 Rifle Battalion for their involvement in February 2009 mutiny.Earlier, a prosecutor read out charges before the Special Court-10 in Pilkhana, led by Col Khondakar Obaidul Ahsan.Asked by the court whether they were guilty or not, only two of them, Sepoy Ahsan Habib and Sepoy Hasan Ali, pleaded themselves guilty.The plaintiff of the case Nayek Subedar Giasuddin gave depositions against 20 accused. The court was adjourned till 9:00am on March 9.The accused were alleged of leaving Darbar Hall, showing solidarity with mutineers, revolting with firearms, staying inactive to prevent mutiny and failing to control unruly colleagues. - The Daily star 23 February 2011.

HC asks cops to explain
The High Court in a suo moto move yesterday summoned the officers-in-charge concerned to explain their actions regarding the murders of schoolgirl Tumpa and her brother Babla.The HC bench of Justice Shamim Hasnain and Justice Md Rezaul Hasan ordered the OCs of Shahbagh police in Dhaka and Raipura police in Narsingdi to appear before it on March 21 with the investigation reports on the cases filed over the separate incidents. It passed the order following a report published on The Daily Star yesterday with the headline "Tumpa Abduction, Murder: Same gang killed her brother last May".The report says the police suspect the same gang that allegedly killed schoolgirl Ayesha Akhter Tumpa after kidnapping her from the capital on February 14 also killed her brother Al Kawsar Masud alias Babla eight months ago. The court yesterday also issued a rule upon the authorities concerned and the police to explain within four weeks why they should not be directed to take effective measures to arrest and punish the culprits. -The Daily star 23 February 2011.

HC appoints 5 amicus curiae
The High Court yesterday appointed five lawyers as amicus curiae for giving expert opinions over the legality of the BGMEA building's construction. The lawyers are Rokanuddin Mahmud, AF Hasan Ariff, Fida M Kamal, Syeda Rizwana Hasan and Sara Hossain. The HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Justice Md Zakir Hossain asked the lawyers to place their opinions tomorrow during the hearing on a suo moto rule issued earlier. On October 3 last year, another HC division bench issued the rule upon the authorities concerned asking explanation as to why the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) building in the city's Hatirjheel area should not be demolished. The rule was issued following a report published in a daily newspaper on October 2 stating that the building was constructed without any approval from Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk).Advocate GHM Muniruddin placed the news item before the HC and said the BGMEA building was illegally built. - The Daily star 23 February 2011.

Sayedee to be produced in tribunal on Mar 15
The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday directed the jail authorities to produce Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee before it on March 15 in connection with the war crime charges. The three-member tribunal, headed by Justice Nizamul Huq, ordered the investigation agency to submit the 'case diary' (regular progress) for investigation into allegations against Sayedee by March 15. The tribunal also adjourned the hearing on the matter till that day. It came up with the order after hearing submissions from the prosecution and a counsel for Sayedee on a progress report of investigation against him. Earlier, the prosecution submitted the report to the tribunal on February 15. Prosecutor Syed Haider Ali told the tribunal the investigation agency has collected papers and documents relating to the allegations against the accused and it would collect more. He prayed to the court to give time for completing the investigation. -The Daily star 21 February 2011.


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