Appeals for retrial rejected
The International Crimes Tribunal-1 on January 3 rejected three petitions of war crimes suspects Ghulam Azam, Motiur Rahman Nizami and Delawar Hossain Sayedee for retrial of their cases. The Jamaat leaders are facing the trial for committing crimes against humanity during the country's Liberation War in 1971. However, the three-member tribunal led by Justice ATM Fazle Kabir on January 03 decided to hear again the argument in the case filed against Jamaat leader Sayedee from January 13 to 17. After the completion of Sayedee's argument, both the prosecution and defence will get one-hour for argument only on law point, the tribunal said. Earlier on January 1, the tribunal fixed the date after holding hearing on the appeals filed by Ghulam Azam on December 19 last year while Nizami and Sayedee on December 23.-The Daily Star online edition January 3 2013.
HC again asks Rajuk to stop all activities
The High Court on January 2 once again directed Rajuk to immediately stop all activities of unauthorised housing projects including their filling of land, advertisements, and selling plots in and around Dhaka. In response to a writ petition, the court ordered the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha to stop such activities of Ashiyan City, a housing project, which had a conditional and partial approval from the housing ministry to develop land in Holan and Ashkona near Uttara in the capital. Ashiyan City is one of 78 private housing projects in and around Dhaka city which were declared illegal by another High Court bench in June, 2011. In December, 2011, the court banned publishing of advertisements of any unauthorised housing projects in the print and electronic media. The High Court then ordered the government to take stern legal action against publicity and filling of land for such projects. On January 2, the High Court stayed for three months the effectiveness of Ashiyan City's site clearance, issued by the Department of Environment, and the renewal of the certificate.- The Daily Star January 3 2013.
Fakhrul gets 6-month HC bail
The High Court on January 2, granted six months' ad interim bail to BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in two cases filed for torching a car and blasting cocktails during the opposition's countrywide roadblock on December 9 last year. It also asked the government to explain in four weeks why Fakhrul should not be granted regular bail in the cases. An HC bench of Justice Quamrul Islam Siddiqui and Justice Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain came up with the order and rule after hearing two bail petitions filed by Fakhrul's lawyer Mahbub Uddin Khokon. The cases had been filed with Paltan and Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police stations. -The Daily Star January 3 2013.
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