Cumilla, Mar 5 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday fixed Wednesday to deliver its order on the petition filed seeking bail to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case filed over killing of eight people in an arson attack on a bus in Chouddagram upazila in 2015.
A bench of Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice SM Mozibur Rahman fixed the date after concluding the hearing.
Former Attorney general AJ Mohammad Ali stood for Khaleda while incumbent Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state.
Earlier on February 27, Khaleda’s lawyer filed the bail petition with the HC as a lower court in Cumilla rejected her bail application on February 4.
Eight people were killed and 20 others injured when miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram of Cumilla district during the BNP-led alliance's movement on February 3, 2015.
Dhaka, Mar 5 (UNB) – Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia will discuss a multi-billion dollar investment package on Thursday as the oil-rich kingdom is keen to invest in potential areas, including infrastructure and energy sector.
A big delegation comprising two top Saudi ministers and a deputy minister is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday night to discuss the investment issues.
The two Saudi ministers are Commerce and Investment Minister Dr Majed Bin Abdullah Al Kassabi and Economy and Planning Minister Mohammed Bin Mazyad Al-Twaijri.
“They’re coming tomorrow (Wednesday),” Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said on Tuesday at his office adding that these two powerful ministers will mainly focus on investment issues.
He hoped that the high-profile Saudi delegation will come up with a big investment package during the visit. “We’ll let them know about the potential areas of investment. I believe, the outcome will be very good.”
The Foreign Minister said the Finance Ministry is working on specific issues related to investment from the Saudi Arabia.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal will lead the Bangladesh side during Bangladesh-Saudi Arabia meeting on Thursday with special focus on investment. The Foreign Minister will also be present.
The relations between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia have reached a new height in recent time by consecutive four successful visits of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Saudi Arabia in the last three years, officials said.
During her meetings with Saudi leadership, it was identified that despite having huge potentials, the two countries are far behind in exploring the opportunities for cooperating in the field of trade and investment, they said.
During the last visit of the Prime Minister to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in October last year, the focus was on expanding cooperation in the field of investment.
On October 17 last year, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia signed five Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) to enhance cooperation in chemical, steel and solar power sectors between the two countries.
The MoUs were inked after the meeting of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with the Saudi business community, including leaders of the Council of Saudi Chamber and Riyadh Chamber of Commerce, at King Saud Palace.
The deals were an MoU on Concerning Principles of Cooperation between Bangladesh Chemical Industries and Engineering Dimension of Saudi Arabia; an MoU on Construction Cooperation between Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation and Hanwah Engineering of Saudi Arabia; an MoU between Bangladesh Steel & Engineering Corporation (BSEC) and Engineering Dimension of Saudi Arabia; an MoU between Industries Ministry of Bangladesh and Alfanar Company of Saudi Arabia on development of solar power project in Bangladesh; and an MoU between Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEPZA) and Al Bawany Co Ltd of Saudi Arabia.
Dhaka, Mar 5 (UNB) – Bangladesh has urged the United Kingdom (UK) to send back all the criminals convicted by Bangladesh courts but living in the UK.
“You should send them back…all the convicted criminals by our courts,” Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Monen told outgoing British High Commissioner Alison Blake without mentioning then name of any convicted criminal.
While talking to reporters at his office, the Foreign Minister said he conveyed the British envoy that they (UK) should send back all the convicted criminals if they claim that their justice system is fair and they believe in law and fairness.
“We’ve a responsibility to enforce our verdicts,” said the Foreign Minister.
Convicted BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman has been living in London for the last nine years.
War criminal Chowdhury Mueen Uddin, convicted for committing crimes against humanity in 1971, has also been living in the UK.
Dhaka, Mar 5 (UNB) – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday told the High Court that it is not responsible for the suffering of innocent Jaha Alam in jail for three years in place of the real accused in 33 corruption cases.
The commission filed a report to the court saying the cases against Jaha Alam were filed based on an investigation report and supporting documents provided by the Bangladesh Bank and Sonali Bank.
ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam came up with the remarks while talking to reporters at a press briefing the HC premises in the morning.
“We took cognizance of the documents provided by the Bangladesh Bank and Sonali Bank about Jaha Alam. We’ve no jurisdiction to raise question about the validity of it,” he said.
Alam added that the commission submitted the charge-sheet against Jaha Alam following the documents provided by the central bank, and bank officials had also identified him.
The commission has submitted the case documents to the High Court with an affidavit, which is likely to be placed before the bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader on Wednesday, the ACC lawyers said.
Jaha Alam, a jute mill worker, had languished in jail since February 2016 in 33 corruption cases in place of the real accused. He was arrested in cases filed by the ACC for misappropriating huge Sonali Bank money while the real accused, Abu Salek, are roaming around free.
Jaha Alam was released from Kashimpur Central Jail-2 in Gazipur on February 4 following a High Court order.
Replying to a question, the ACC lawyer said, “The court will decide who’s actually responsible.”
Earlier, on February 3, the High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader ordered Deputy Inspector General DIG) of Prisons to immediately release innocent Jaha Alam.
The HC also passed the suo moto order following a newspaper report under a headline ‘Wrong accused in jail in 33 cases: Sir I’m Jaha Alam, not Salek.’
The HC also asked the ACC to submit the case of Jaha Alam as an affidavit.
The report said Jahlam, a jute mill worker, had been serving in jail in place of real accused Abu Salek in 33 cases of embezzling Tk 18 crore from Sonali Bank.
Dhaka, Mar 5 (UNB) – The aircraft of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, which was reportedly attempted to hijack by a passenger, will resume its operation on Thursday.
The aircraft was sent for repairs and it will return to normal operations on permission from the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (Caab) on Thursday, Biman spokesman Shakil Meraj told UNB on Tuesday.
Earlier on February 24, a joint team of the para-commando wing of Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Air Force, and Rapid Action Battalion killed a passenger who allegedly tried to hijack the Dubai-bound Boeing 737-800 ‘Mayurpankhi’ mid-air on way from Dhaka to Shah Amanat International Airport in Chattogram.
All 142 passengers and crewmembers were evacuated safely from the aircraft before a commando operation was conducted on it.