Dhaka, Nov 29 (UNB) – Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two young men from the capital and Gazipur city on Thursday for their alleged involvement in creating fake websites of the Prothom Alo and other newspapers.
The arrestees were identified as Md Kamal Hossain alias GM Kamal, 23, and Al Amin, 30.
The elite force recently arrested PhD researcher Enamul Haque in connection with publishing fake news after creating fake websites, said Mohiuddin Faruqi, company commander of Rab-2, while addressing a press briefing.
As per the information gleaned from Enamul, a Rab team arrested Kamal from Mohammadpur area in the capital and Al-Amin, who hosted domain, from Tongi area of Gazipur city, he said.
The arrestees confessed that they used to create fake websites to earn more, the Rab official claimed.
The Rab team found the URLs of fake websites of the Prothom Alo, the Naya Diganta, bdtimes.com, Rokomari and some others in Kamal’s laptop and 19 fake websites in Amin’s laptop which they used to share fake news.
They used to copy news items from prominent news sites and fake main parts of the news. There was no scope for readers to detect whether the news was fake, Mohiuddin said, adding that they also spread fake and distorted news during the movement for safe roads.
The gang used to earn Tk 250 from per 1000 likes, he said. “Necessary steps will be taken under the Digital Security Act.”
Kishoreganj, Nov 28 (UNB) -A court here on Wednesday convicted two people and sentenced them to life term imprisonment for killing college student Shafiq Azad in 1999.
The convicts are Piplu and Sajib, son of Fazlur Rahman Mallik of the area.
The court also fined them Tk 10,000, in default, to suffer six months more rigorous imprisonment.
According to the prosecution, Shafiq Azad, a first year student of Accounting Department at Wali Newaz Khan College, was hacked to deathby a group of miscreants at Jalsa Mor area in the upazila around 7:30.
Soon after the murder, victim’s uncle Alamin filed a case was filed with KishoreganjSadar Model Police Station in this connection. Police submitted charge sheet against four people after investigation.
After examining the records and witnesses, Additional District and Sessions Judge Md Abu Taher handed down the verdict acquitting four other accused.
Dhaka, Nov 28 (UNB) – The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday did not respond to a petition filed by Dr AZM Zahid Hossain challenging the High Court order that barred the persons jailed for more than two years with their appeals pending with courts cannot compete in the election.
A seven-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed a ‘no order’ on the petition.
Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud and Advocate Ahsanul Karim stood for the petitioner while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state. Advocate Khurshid Alam stood for the Anti-Corruption Commission.
“The SC passed a ‘no order’ in the petition which means the High Court order will remain in force,” said the AG.
On Tuesday, Dr AZM Zahid Hossain, a leader of Doctors’ Association of Bangladesh (DAB), filed a petition with the Appellate Division challenging the HC order and seeking stay on the conviction as he could take part in the election.
The High Court on Tuesday said those who have been sentenced to over two years’ jail by a lower court in any graft case with appeal pending will not be allowed to contest elections.
The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam came up with the observation after rejecting separate petitions filed by five BNP leaders, including BNP chairperson’s adviser Amanullah Aman seeking stay on conviction and sentence.
The HC also said they will be able to contest the polls if the Appellate Division stays the conviction or grants bail to the convicts.
On Monday, five BNP leaders -- Amanullah Aman, Dr AZM Zahid, Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan, Abdul Wahab and Mashiur Rahman -- filed separate petitions under section 426 of criminal offence with the High Court seeking stay orders on the lower court verdicts in the graft cases filed against them.
Dhaka, Nov 28 (UNB) – A court here on Wednesday sentenced four people including former mayor of undivided Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and BNP leader Sadek Hossain Khoka to ten years imprisonment in a case filed for alleged corruption in leasing a multi-storey car parking in the city’s Banani area.
Dhaka divisional special Judge Mizanur Rahman Khan passed the order following a hearing on the case.
The three others convicts are DCC Unique Complex Shop Owners' Association president Abdul Baten Nakib, its general secretary Mahmud Hasan Azad and car parking manager HM Tarek.
The court also fined Tk 20 lakh to Khoka while 10 lakh each to the other convicts.
Earlier on November 29 2015, a court framed charges against the BNP leader and three others in the case.
On June 24 2015, a lower court issued a warrant for the arrest of BNP leader Khoka as he did not appear before it during hearing on the day.
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) deputy director Nur Hossain, also investigation officer of the case, submitted a charge-sheet against the four accused on November 11 in 2012.
On February 15 2012, ACC assistant director M Mahbubul Alam filed the case with Shahbagh Police Station on charge of misappropriating Tk 30.82 lakh from the car parking project.
According to the prosecution, Dhaka City Corporation invited a tender in 2003 to lease out Banani Unique Complex’s basement as car parking.
The DCC had been deprived of over Tk 30.82 lakh from February, 2003 to February 2011 as then mayor Khoka in connivance with other accused stayed the tender process.
Dhaka, Nov 27 (UNB) – All the records of the two cases filed over the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital in 2004 were sent to the High Court on Tuesday.
Stenographer of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 of Dhaka Oliur Rahman, which delivered the verdict in the case, submitted the 37,385-page document around 2:30pm.
On October 10, a speedy trial tribunal sentenced 19 people, including former State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar and former Deputy Minister for Education Abdus Salam Pintu, to death while 19 others, including BNP acting Chairman Tarique Rahman, to life imprisonment in two cases filed over the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital in 2004.
Besides, 11 people were awarded different jail terms in the sensational cases, said Public Prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain Kajal.
Judge Shahed Nuruddin of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 at Old Dhaka’s Nazimuddin Road pronounced the verdict around 12:13 pm after a long wait for over 14 years.
The others who were awarded death penalty are then DGFI Director Major General (retd) Rezzakul Haider Chowdhury, then NSI Brigadier General (retd) Abdur Rahim, Mohammad Hanif, Mohammad Rafiqul Islam, Sheikh Abdus Salam, Abdul Mazed, Maulana Shawkat Osman, Mahibullah alias Mafizur Rahman, Maulana Abu Taher, Maulana Abu Sayeed, Mohammad Jahangir Alam, Abul Kalam Azad, Mainuddin Sheikh alias Abu Zandal, Ujjal alias Ratan, Hossain Ahmed Tanim, Sheikh Abdus Salam and Abdul Malek.
All of the condemned convicts were also fined Tk 1 lakh each.
The other lifers are Shahadat Ullah alias Jewel, Maulana Abdur Rauf, Sabbir Ahmed, Tarik Hasan Sumon, Hafez Maulana Yeahia, Abu Bakkar, Ariful Islam, Mahibul Muttakin, Anisul Mursalin, Mohammad Khalil, Jahangir Alam Badar, Iqbal, Liton, then Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's political secretary Abul Harris Chowdhury, Shah Moazzem Hossain Kaikobad, Mufti Shafiqur Rahman, Mufti Abdul Hye and Ratul Ahmed.
They were also fined Tk 50,000 each and they will have to serve one more year in jail in case of failure to pay the penalty.
The tribunal sentenced former IGPs Ashraful Huda and Khuda Baksh Chowdhury, Shahidul Haque, Lt Commander (retd) Saiful Islam Duke, Lt Colonel (retd) Saiful Islam Zoardar, Major General (retd) ATM Amin, ex-DIG Khan Sayeed Hasan, former police supers Obaidur Rahman Khan and Ruhul Amin, ASPs Abdur Rashid and Musnhi Atiqur Rahman to two years’ imprisonment.
They were also fined Tk 50,000 each, in default, to suffer six months more in jail.
Of the convicts, Tarique Rahman, Mursalin, Mahibul, Khalil, Jahangir, Iqbal, Liton, then Prime Minister Political Harris Chowdhury, Kaikobad, Shafiqur, Abdul Hye, Ratul, Saiful Islam, ATM Amin and Sayeed Hasan were tried in absentia.
Of the charge-sheeted accused, Jamaat secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, and militant leaders Mufti Abdul Hannan and Sharif Shahedul Alam alias Bipul--were dropped from the cases as they had been executed after convictions in other cases.
On August 21, 2004, the grisly grenade attack was carried out on an anti-terrorism rally arranged by Awami League at Bangabandhu Avenue during the BNP-Jamaat alliance's rule, aiming to kill then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina.
At least 24 leaders and activists, including AL's women affairs secretary and late President Zillur Rahman's wife Ivy Rahman, were killed and 300 others injured in the grenade attack.
Although Sheikh Hasina fortunately escaped the attack unhurt, her hearing was affected badly.
At least 13 grenades were thrown from the rooftops of a nearby building soon after Sheikh Hasina had finished her speech at the rally.
Then the two cases -- one under the Explosive Substances Act and another for murder -- were filed in connection with the grenade attack.