Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) – The High Court (HC) here on Monday granted advance bail to 8 BNP-affiliated lawyers, including Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, in a sabotage case.
A bench with Justice Md Habibul Goni and Justice Mohammad Ali passed the order as they sought bail before the court. The police now cannot place them under arrest before submitting a report.
The others lawyers are Advocate Abdur Rezak Khan, former minister Aminul Haque, former minister Nitai Roy Chowdhury, Sanaullah Miah, former minister Toimur Alam Khandakar, Advocate Akhteruzzaman, and Taherul Islam Touhid.
A total of 18 separate cases were filed against 59 BNP leaders and activists, in cases ranging from cocktail attacks to multiple instances of obstructing police in the line of duty, as the party demonstrated across the city demanding the release of their chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday.
Seven of the cases were filed with Adabar Police Station, three each at Paltan, Motijheel and Rupganj stations, and one each at Khilgaon and Fatullah stations.
Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam on Monday night said he depicted the country’s current scenario before the United Nations during his recent meeting with its Assistant Secretary-General in New York, the USA.
“I conveyed the UN about the country’s present political situation. We informed them about what they wanted to know,” he said.
Fakhrul came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting of BNP standing committee members at the party Chairperson’s Gulshan office.
The BNP leader who went to the USA on Wednesday returned home on Sunday evening.
During his stay in the USA, the BNP leader had a meeting with UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenča at the UN headquarters on Thursday.
From Washington, Fakhrul went to London on Saturday and met the party acting vice-chairman before flying for home.
Replying to a question, the BNP leader said the UN Assistant Secretary-General said they will look into matters they discussed at the meeting.
He claimed that he went to the United Nations at the invitation of its Secretary-General António Guterres. “It’s clear that I went to the United Nations at the invitation of its Secretary-General. As he (António Guterres) was at the funeral of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, we held talks with the assistant secretary-general who was in charge.”
About his meeting with BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman in London, Fakhrul said he discussed about the country’s political situation with him.
BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed at a programme on Friday claimed that their party secretary general went to the UN Headquarters at the invitation of its Secretary General António Guterres.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a programme accused BNP of resorting to falsehood over Fakhrul’s visit to the US as it claimed the UN secretary general invited him.
She also said an assistant secretary general of the UN confirmed that the UN chief did not invite Fakhrul. “Rather, the BNP leaders sought his appointment.”