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Issue No: 254
January 28, 2012

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ICT accepts formal charges against Mojaheed
The International Crimes Tribunal accepted formal charges against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed on January 26 in connection with his alleged crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War. The three-judge tribunal headed by its Chairman Justice Nizamul Huq fixed February 23 for hearing on framing charges against Mojaheed. The charge contains 34 incidents of crime allegedly committed by Mojaheed, secretary general of Jamaat, during the war. -The Daily Star online edition January 26 2012.

Remove all illegal structures from Gulshan Lake
The High Court (HC) on January 25 directed the government to demarcate the city's Gulshan Lake and remove the illegal structures from it in the next two months. During the hearing on a rule, the court asked the government to submit a compliance report by March 30. The HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik and Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim also asked the Secretary to the Ministry of Environment to declare Gulshan Lake as an "environmentally critical area" and to submit a compliance report to it by February 28. -The Daily Star January 26 2012.

HC to Maintain status quo
The High Court on January 24 directed the government to maintain status quo on construction works within the area of Bhitorgarh fort, a place with historic importance in Panchagarh. During hearing a rule, the court also directed not to dig up the ground within the fort except conducting scientific excavation for research purpose. The rule was issued in response to a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh following newspaper reports saying two private companies Assort Plus ltd and Selilan Tea & Estate Ltd were constructing commercial buildings in the fort area ruining the site. - The Daily Star January 25 2012.

Hearing in Tarique's case Feb 16
A Dhaka court on January 25 adjourned till February 16 the hearing of a money laundering case against BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman and his business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun. Judge Mohammad Mozammel Haque of the Special Judge Court-3 adjourned the hearing following a prayer seeking time by the defence lawyer. -The Daily Star January 25 2012.



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