Dhaka, Oct 15 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday extended until October 23 the bail of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
An HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order following a petition filed by Khaleda's lawyers, said her counsel Barrister Kaiser Kamal.
The court also adjourned the hearing for Tuesday on the review petition filed by the BNP chief against a lower court verdict sentencing her to five years' imprisonment in the graft case.
On October 11, the High Court extended until October 15 the bail of Khaleda Zia in the case.
A petition was filed with the High Court seeking an extension of its earlier order granting four-month bail to Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July 5.
On March 12, the HC granted four-month bail to her in the case which expired on July 12.
On February 8, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former prime minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
She was then sent to the old Dhaka Central Jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.
Dhaka, Oct 15 (UNB) - A suspected leader of outlawed PurbaBanglar Communist Party and a drug trader were killed in reported gunfights in Tangail and Mymensingh districts early Monday.
In Tangail, a suspected leader of the outlawed PurbaBanglar Communist Party was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at DainnaChowdhuryMadhyapara in Sadarupazila.
The deceased was identified as Sharif alias Farhad, 33, a resident of Gala village of the upazila and district unit president of the outlawed party.
Tipped off that Sharif along with his associates was staying in the area, a team of Rab conducted a drive there around 2am, said Major Robiul Islam of Rab-12.
Sensing presence of the elite force, Sharif and his cohorts attacked the team in a bid to protect them, triggering the gunfight.
After the gunfight, the Rab team recovered the body and one foreign pistol, one magazine and four bullets from the scene.
In Mymensingh, a suspected drug trader Payel,29, son of late Jalal Uddin, was killed in a reported gunfight with police in AkuaKhalpara area of Sadar upazila around 1:15am.
Md Shah Kamal Akand, officer-in-charge of Detective Branch of Police, said on information that a gang of drug trader gathered in the place, a team of police conducted a drive.
Sensing the presence of police, the gang members opened fire on them, prompting them to fire back, triggering the gunfight which left Payel injured with bullet.
The injured was taken to Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Police recovered 100 Yaba tablets, 100g heroin, nine bullet shells from the spot, said the OC adding that Payel was accused in several cases.
Dhaka, Oct 14 (UNB) – The High Court on Sunday cleared the way to continue the trial proceedings of Zia Charitable Trust graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in her absence.
The High Court bench of Justice Obaidul Hasan and Justice SM Kuddus Zaman passed the order rejecting a review petition filed by Khaleda Zia.
“Now there is no legal bar to continue the trial proceedings of the case in Khaleda’s absence,” said Anti-Corruption Commission lawyer Khursid Alam Khan.
Earlier on September 27, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging a lower court’s decision.
Barrister Kaiser Kamal, a counsel for Khaleda Zia, filed the petition on behalf of the main accused in the case.
On September 20, Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the special court, entrusted to try the case, decided to continue the trial proceedings in absence of the main accused.
Khaleda Zia, who has been in jail since her conviction in the Zia orphanage trust graft case on February 8, refused to appear before the court during the trial of Zia charitable trust case on ‘safety grounds’.
Later, the government shifted the court to jail premises to ensure his safety. Yet, she did not appear before the court.
The state counsel appealed to the court to continue the trial proceedings of the case in absence of Khaleda Zia. The court accepted their pleading.
Mymensingh, Oct 14 (UNB) – A suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Kalibari Bylane area of the city early Sunday.
The deceased Sharifur Rahman Sharif, 32, son of late Nazim Uddin of Krishtopur in the city, was accused in seven cases.
Being informed that a gang of drug traders gathered in the area to handle drugs, a team of police conducted drive around 1:45 am, said Shah Kamal Akand, officer-in-charge of Detective Branch of police.
Sensing the presence of law enforcers, the drug traders hurled brick chips towards police, prompting them to fire back, triggering the gunfight.
After the gunfight, police rescued Sharif with bullet wounds.
Later, the injured was taken to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Two policemen were injured, claimed the official adding that they recovered 100 pieces of Yaba tablet and five-kilogramme hemp from the spot.
Dhaka, Oct 13 (UNB) - Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said on Saturday that the law enforcers’ drives against drug traders will continue until narcotics trading is completely eliminated from the country.
The minister was talking to reporters after visiting four wounded Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the city.
Earlier on Thursday night, a suspected drug trader was killed and four Rab personnel, including the deputy director of Rab-7 (Feni camp), were injured in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Muradpur in Panchlaish area of Chattogram.
The minister said, “Though four Rab members were injured during an operation, their mental strength has not been shattered rather revived. All who were involved in the attack have already been identified.”
“The man who died yesterday (Friday) was a top drug trader. Drives are on to arrest the other gang members,” he added.
Rab Director General Benzir Ahmed and other senior officials, among others, were also present there.