Dhaka, Dec 3 (UNB) – The formal trial in the sensational Holey Artisan café attack case began on Monday with the deposition of a prosecution witness before a tribunal.
Dhaka Anti-terrorism Special Tribunal Judge Mohammad Mujibur Rahman partially recorded the testimony of Ripon Kumar Das and adjourned the recording of deposition for Tuesday.
After framing charges against eight ‘militants’ in the case, the tribunal on November 26 fixed December 3 for recording the statements of witnesses in the case.
Of the eight accused, six are now in jail while two others have been on the run.
The six accused are Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, Mahmudul Hasan Mijan, Sohel Mahfuz, Rashidul Islam alias Ryash, Boro Mijan and Hadisur Rahman Sagor.
The two absconding accused are Mamunur Rashid Ripon and Shariful Islam Khaled.
On July 23, police pressed charges against eight alleged militants in the Holey Artisan cafe attack case.
Hasnat Karim, a North South University teacher who was one of the hostages and later detained, was acquitted of the charges since there was no evidence of his complicity with the attack, according to the police.
The terrorist attack that shattered the country and drew global attention, claimed lives of 22 people -- nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian, one Bangladeshi-born American and two Bangladeshis along with two police officers -- on July 1 2016.
Twenty-one people were identified to be behind the attack. Among them, 13 were killed in gunfights at different times.
Dhaka, Dec 3 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday directed the Returning Officer of Rangpur district to accept nomination paper of BNP-nominated candidate Jamaat leader Prof GolamRabbani for Rangpur-5 constituency.
An HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Rajik Al Jalil came up with the order following a writ petition filed by the candidate on Sunday.
Rabbani’s lawyer ShishirMonir said that when GolamRabbani went to the returning officer to submit his nomination paper on November 28, the returning officer wasted time without any reason and finally did not accept his nomination paper. However, now the court directed the EC to accept nomination paper as soon as possible.
GolamRabbanialso submitted a written application to the Chief Election Commissioner on Saturday.
Sylhet, Dec 2 (UNB) - The High Court on Sunday granted bail to BNP’s Sylhet district unit General Secretary Ali Ahmed in a case filed over hindering police from doing their duty.
Earlier on November 27, HC Justice Rezaul Haque and Jafar Ahmed granted bail to him in in GR 713/18 case filed by Sylhet Metropolitan Police with Kotwali Police Station.
Sylhet BNP Official Secretary Advocate Md Fakhrul Haque said Ali Ahmed got bail on Sunday noon after reaching the necessary document to Sylhet central jail and Advocate Kamruzzaman Selim presented the case on behalf of him.
Police arrested Ali Ahmed and seven others from in front of Sylhet Central Shahid Minar while their leaders and activists were taking preparation for a demonstration programme on November 30.
Dhaka, Dec 2 (UNB) – A court here on Sunday issued a warrant for the arrest of 169 BNP leaders and activists, including its chairperson's adviser Amanullah Aman, in a violence case filed in 2017.
Dhaka Senior Judicial Magistrate Kazi Md Ashrafuzzaman passed the order as the BNP men did not appear before the court.
The court also set January 13 for submitting a report on the compliance of the arrest warrant.
Additional public prosecutor Anwarul Kabir Babul said the court issued the arrest warrant rejecting time petitions filed by the accused.
A lawyer of the accused, Masum Ahmed Talukdar, said the BNP leaders and activists came to appear before the court but they went away after seeing the presence of additional law enforcers on the court premises.
The case was filed against the BNP men on June 2, 2017 with Keraniganj Police Station.
Dhaka, Nov 30 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday granted bail to Shafat Ahmed, the prime accused in the sensational Banani double rape case and son of Apan Jewellers’ owner Dildar Ahmed.
Judge Khademul Kayes of Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7 passed the order following a bail petition filed by Shafat’s lawyer Kazi Nojibullah Hiru, said Chief Public Prosecutor of Dhaka Metropolitan Session’s Judge Court M Abdullah Abu.
On May 6, 2017, a university student filed the case with Banani Police Station accusing Shafat and Shadman Sakif of raping her and another girl and three others of abetting them.
According to the case statement, two youths, including Shafat, raped the plaintiff and another university girl on March 28 at a birthday party at The Raintree Dhaka in the capital’s Banani area while three others assisted them.
The three other accused are Nayeem Ashraf alias Halim, Shafat's driver Billal Hossain and bodyguard Rahmat Ali.