Chattogram, Nov 5 (UNB) – A court here on Monday issued a warrant for the arrest of Yakub Ali, owner of Yakub Group of Industries, in a cheque dishonor case.
Chattogram Metropolitan Magistrate Shafi Uddin passed the order following a hearing on a petition, said Advocate AM Zia Habib, a counsel of the plaintiff.
According to the prosecution, Yakub Ali took Tk 1.15 crore from business Biswajit Dey as loan for business purpose. Later, he gave a cheque to pay his loan.
When the plaintiff failed to withdraw the money through the cheque, he served a notice giving 30-day time.
As Yakub failed to pay the money Biswajit Dey, managing director of Dibbya International Limiter, filed the case on October 15 and the court summoned Yakub to appear before the court on November 5.
Dhaka, Nov 5 (UNB) – The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) on Monday sentenced two people to death for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.
The tow convicts are Liakat Ali, former president of Habiganj’s Lakhai upazila unit Awami League and Aminul Islam alias Rajab Ali of Kishoreganj district, who are now on the run.
The three-member bench of the tribunal, led by Judge Md Shahinur Islam, passed the order in absence of the accused.
Prosecutor Rana Das Gupta and Rezia Sultana Chamon moved for the state while Gazi H M Tamim stood for the accused.
According to investigation report, Liakat Ali was president of Lakhai upazila unit AL of Habiganj (2003 to 2013). The case was filed against him in 2010. Later, on May 18, 2016, the tribunal issued arrest warrant against the duo while they went into hiding.
Dhaka, Nov 4 (UNB) – Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) seized smuggled goods and various types of contraband narcotic items worth around Tk 72.86 crore during its anti-smuggling drives across the country in October.
Besides, the paramilitary force recovered eight air guns, one gun and five bullets during the period.
The smuggled contraband drugs included 1,072,011 Yaba tablets, 34,111 bottles of Phensidyl syrup, 6.40 kg heroin, 625 kg cannabis, 10,563 bottles of foreign wine and 4,527 cans of beer while smuggled goods included 5,010 saris, 776 three-piece sets, 105 metres loincloth, 42 motorcycles, 12,251 kg tea and 2.636 kg gold.
BGB also arrested 210 people for their alleged involvement in smuggling goods and contraband drugs.
Besides, 109 Bangladeshis were arrested for illegally crossing different borders during the period, said BGB Headquarters Public Relations Officer Mohsin Reza.
So far, smuggled goods and illegal drugs worth around Tk 770.66 crore have been seized by the BGB in the last 10 months till October 31, he added.
Dhaka, Nov 2 (UNB) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged all to stand up for journalists, truth and justice saying truth never dies.
“Reporting is not a crime.Together, let us stand up for journalists, for truth and for justice,” he said in a message on theInternational Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists that falls on November 2.
The UN chief called on governments and the international community to protect journalists and create the conditions they need to do their work.
“On this day, I pay tribute to journalists who do their jobs every day despite intimidation and threats. Their work – and that of their fallen colleagues -- reminds us that truth never dies. Neither must our commitment to the fundamental right to freedom of expression,” he said.
In just over a decade, Guterres said, more than a thousand journalists have been killed while carrying out their indispensable work.
Nine out of ten cases are unresolved, with no one held accountable, he added.
“Female journalists are often at greater risk of being targeted not only for their reporting but also because of their gender, including through the threat of sexual violence,” Guterres said.
This year alone, he said, at least 88 journalists have been killed and many thousands more have been attacked, harassed, detained or imprisoned on spurious charges, without due process.
“This is outrageous. This should not become the new normal.When journalists are targeted, societies as a whole pay a price,” said the UN chief.
He said he deeply troubled by the growing number of attacks and the culture of impunity.
Meanwhile, the European Union said democracy cannot live without free, diverse and independent media. “Journalists and media actors across the globe hold states, government officials, corporations and society at large accountable for their actions.”
But far too many among them face threats and attacks simply for carrying out their work, while the perpetrators of these attacks often act with total impunity, it said in a declaration marking the day.
“Free journalism is the backbone of free societies: undermining it means undermining our own freedom,” reads the EU declaration.
The EU paid tribute to all those journalists around the world who lost their lives and suffered attacks in the exercise of their profession. “We also pay tribute to all those brave journalists who are taking up the work of their colleagues who can no longer pursue their investigations.”
The EU said it will continue to use all appropriate external policy and financial instruments to enhance the quality of journalism, access to public information and freedom of expression.
Dhaka, Nov 1 (UNB) – Barrister Mainul Hosein was shown arrested on Thursday in a case filed under the Digital Security Act for defaming journalist Masuda Bhatti during a TV talk show on October 16.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Muhammad Asaduzzaman Noor passed the order after Sub-inspector Ziaul Haque of Gulshan Police Station and also the investigation officer of the case submitted a petition to show Mainul as arrested.
After the hearing, the court also fixed November 29 for submission of the police report.
Earlier on October 24, Sumona Akhter Lily, Awami League Youth and Sports sub-committee member, filed a case against barrister Mainul Hosein under the Digital Security Act with Dhaka Cyber Tribunal Judge Ash-Shams Jaglul Hussein under sections 25 (2) and 29 of the act.
After hearing the statement of the complainant, the court also ordered Gulshan Police Station to list the case as FIR.
On October 22, a team of Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested the former caretaker government adviser from the capital in a defamation case filed in Rangpur district.
Later, he was sent to jail by a Dhaka Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court on the following day.
During the talk-show 'Ekattorer Journal' on private TV channel Ekattor TV, on September 16, Masuda Bhatti asked Mainul, "You say you're there in the Jatiya Oikyafront as a citizen of the country but in social networking sites, many people are saying you're there as a representative of Jamaat."
Angered by the comment, Mainul said, "I'm thanking you for your audacity and I want to believe you as 'characterless'. There's no question about Jamaat link's with me and what question you have asked is embarrassing for me."