Dhaka, Sept 19 (UNB) –The Appellate Division on Thursday cleared the way for continuing the trial proceedings of Sirajganj journalist Abdul Hakim Shimul murder case.
The High Court Division had previously passed an order to stay the trial proceedings of the case.
Chamber Judge Justice Hasan Foez Siddique passed the order after the state filed a petition.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said the order cleared all the bars to continuing the case’s trial at Rajshahi Speedy Trial Tribunal.
The court also forwarded the state’s appeal to a regular Appellate Division bench and fixed October 14 for the next hearing.
Advocate Abdul Alim Jewel stood for the defence while Attorney General Alam represented the state.
On August 29 last year, the High Court stayed the case’s trial proceedings for six months. It also issued a rule asking the government to explain why the shifting of the murder case to Rajshahi Speedy Trail Tribunal should not be declared illegal.
Later, the state moved the Appellate Division.
On December 28, the government transferred the case to Rajshahi Speedy Trial Tribunal from Sirajganj court. A notification was issued on that day.
Habibul Haque Mintu and other accused of the case challenged the move in court.
Journalist Shimul was shot while covering a clash on February 2, 2017, between a Chhatra League faction and Shahjadpur Mayor Halimul Haque Miru's supporters. He succumbed to his wounds the next day.
His wife Nurun Nahar filed a case against 18 individuals, including the mayor.
On May 2, 2017, police submitted a cahrgesheet against 38 people.
Dhaka, Sept 19 (UNB) – The Dhaka University Journalists' Association (DUJA) celebrated its 34th founding anniversary on Thursday.
The celebrations took place at TSC amid much enthusiasm and joy.
Leaders and members of DUJA brought out a procession led by Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman, DUJA President Abir Rayhan, and General Secretary Mahdi Al Muhtasim Nibir.
A cake was cut on the occasion at TSC by VC Akhtaruzzaman.
Reminding the reporters of the important role they play, Prof Akhtaruzzaman said: “DUJA has been playing the role of watchdog. It’s been working to uphold democratic practices.”
Mentioning the objective of journalists, the vice-chancellor said journalists bring forth many issues and crisis faced by the university. The works of the young journalists positively influence the university administration.
DUJA President Rayhan said: “The young journalists are playing an important role in ensuring quality of higher education at the Dhaka University.”
Munshiganj, Sept 19 (UNB) – An accident on the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway left two motorcyclists dead on Thursday morning.
The deceased were identified as Zakir Hossain, 24, son of Mostafa; and Mohammad Miraz, 18, son of Mannan of Haziganj upazila of Chandpur.
Police said the accident took place at Alipura in Gazaria upazila.
Kabir Hossain Khan, in-charge of Bhaberchar Highway police camp, said Zakir and Miraz were critically injured when their motorbike skidded off the road after hitting a road island.
They were taken to Bhaberchar Upazila Health Complex where doctors pronounced Zakir dead and shifted Miraz to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
Miraz was pronounced dead when he was taken to DMCH.
Dhaka, Sep 19 (UNB) – US Ambassador Earl Miller on Thursday said his country is committed to supporting Bangladesh in its efforts to tackle money laundering, terrorism financing, and strengthening the rule of law.
“We share a common goal of preventing terrorism by identifying and choking off financial support for terrorists and their organisations,” he said while inaugurating a workshop - ‘Investigating and Prosecuting Financial Crimes’ - at a city hotel.
The function was jointly organised by Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU), the United States Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center, and the Los Angeles and Miami Divisions of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. BFIU chief Abu Hena Mohammad Razee Hassan also spoke at the programme.
Officials from the Ministry of Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs, BFIU, Anti-Corruption Commission, National Board of Revenue, Criminal Investigation Department, Department of Narcotics Control, Attorney General’s Office, and Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate participated in the workshop.
Ambassador Miller said the US Embassy, through the Department of Justice’s Office of Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) and the State Department, has partnered with Bangladeshi colleagues to provide programmes like this since 2005.
He said stopping the flow of money to terrorists takes a regional and international effort.
“So it’s fitting we hold this workshop, in Bangladesh, the co-chair of the Asia Pacific Group for Money Laundering for the 2018-2020 term,” he said.
Miller said the US and Bangladesh have been working together to build strong legal institutions that respect the rule of law and are, in turn, respected by fellow citizens. “It’s what they expect, it’s what they deserve,” he said.
He, however, said it is not enough to adopt strong laws prohibiting money laundering and terrorism financing. “The laws must be enforced by trained investigators, prosecutors, and analysts such as you,” the ambassador said.
He mentioned that through joint training like this – practical, hands on – prosecutors, investigators, and regulators get to know each other and the unique and crucial role each can play.
“This is critical,” Miller said, “because terrorists are becoming more sophisticated all the time.”
He noted that working in a smarter way and combining the knowledge and skills are a must.
“We gain through collecting and analysing financial intelligence, especially when we combine it with other intelligence, [and it] enables us to focus in a precise manner on real threats to our society,” he added.
Narayanganj, Sept 19 (UNB) - A woman and her two daughters were hacked to death by miscreants at Siaikhoa in Siddhirganj upazila on Thursday morning.
The deceased were identified as Nasrin, 28, wife of Sumon Mia; and their daughters - Nusrat, 6, and Khadiza, 2.
Azizul Haque, inspector (investigation) of Siddhirganj Police Station, the incident took place at the fourth floor of a seven-story building.
Police recovered the bodies after being informed by Sumon and sent them to a local hospital.
Another victim was rescued from the spot and admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital with stab wounds.