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Issue No: 220
May 28, 2011

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Mirpur SI, ASI face arrest warrant
A Dhaka court on May 26 issued arrest warrant against two police personnel of Mirpur Police Station in a case filed against them for extorting Tk 10,000 from the complainant on March 20. Metropolitan Magistrate AK Azad passed the order after finding allegations of extortion against the policemen. The accused are: Sub-Inspector (SI) Azizur Rahman and Assistant Sub-inspector (ASI) Mizanur Rahman. Md Shafiqul Islam Ranju, a resident of Shenpara of Mirpur, filed the case against the duo on March 27 with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka. In the complaint, Ranju alleged that the two officials on March 20 took him to the police station from his residence and forced to give the amount. They also threatened him not to disclose the incident to anybody.-The Daily star online edition May 26 2011.

Kibria Killing Case
Six years after the murder of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is ready to submit charge sheet where names of 14 people including former state minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar were included. Fourteen people including Babar and Indian national Abdul Aziz Batt alias Abdul Majed are going to be included in the charge sheet of Kibria murder case, said Rafiqul, also ASP of the Criminal Investigation Department. Earlier, the CID remanded Babar and interrogated him in February last year with links to Kibria murder. The former state minister was shown arrested in the case.-The Daily star May 26 2011.

Sayedee faces tax evasion charges
A Dhaka court on May 25 adjourned till July 6 the hearing on charge framing against detained Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee in connection with a tax evasion case. Judge Mohammad Mozammel Hossain of the Special Judge's Court-3 passed the order after Sayedee's lawyer submitted a petition seeking adjournment of the hearing. Sayedee was produced before the court during the hearing. Earlier, Last August 19, Deputy Tax Commissioner Masuma Kahtun of the National Board of Revenue filed a case against the Jamaat leader for dodging income tax of around Tk 56.45 lakh for the fiscal years from 2005-2006 to 2009-2010.-The Daily star May 26 2011.

Ministry investigator quizzes Limon
A home ministry assigned investigator questioned Limon Hossain, maimed in a Rab shootout, and his father at a city hospital on May 24. Additional Divisional Commissioner of Barisal Mohammad Shawkat Akbar quizzed the teenager and his father Tofazzal Hossain thoroughly for over two hours at a special cabin of National Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (Nitor). He threw a volley of leading questions minutely examining the alibi of Limon and parents. The home ministry had asked Shawkat Akbar to submit a report within 15 working days after the probe began on April 29.-The Daily star May 25 2011.

Pilkhana Carnage Case
The prosecution on May 23 completed reading out charges against 847 accused, including former BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu and Awami League leader Torab Ali in the BDR carnage case. Charges against 47 accused, including 23 civilians, were read out at a makeshift court in the capital's Bakshi Bazar area. On April 12, 26 and May 9 charges against 803 accused were read out by the prosecution. Of the 850 accused, three have died while 21 others are absconding. Prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain Kajol read out the charges before Judge Mohammad Zohurul Hoque and then prayed for framing charges against all the accused. After completion of the prosecution submissions, lawyers of 11 accused made submissions to discharge their clients from the charges. . The court adjourned the trial proceedings till June 13. -The Daily star May 24 2011.

HC asks for law on migrants' rights
The High Court (HC) on May 23 issued a rule upon the government to explain within 15 days why it should not be directed to enact a comprehensive law and formulate a guideline to ensure rights of Bangladeshi migrants and workers abroad and to prevent human trafficking. An HC bench of Justice Farid Ahmed and Justice M Shawkat Hossain issued the rule after holding a hearing on a writ petition filed by Bangladesh Woman Lawyers Association (BNWLA)-The Daily star May 24 2011.

Ctg Arms Haul, CID grills Rezzakul, Rahim
Investigators on May 23 interrogated two former National Security Intelligence (NSI) directors general at Chittagong Central Jail gate in connection with the 10-truck arms haul cases. Investigation officer of the cases Md Muniruzzaman Chowdhury, also a senior assistant superintendent of Criminal Investigation Department, quizzed Brig Gen (retd) Rezzakul Haider Chowdhury and Brig Gen (retd) Abdur Rahim. Two other CID officials assisted him in the three-hour long interrogation. The IO declined to make any comment on the outcome of the grilling. Earlier, Muniruzzaman moved a petition on April 12 before a Chittagong court for quizzing the duo.-The Daily star May 24 2011.

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