Dhaka, Mar 19 (UNB) – A court here on Tuesday took cognisance of charges against eight alleged members of Ansarullah Bangla Team in a case filed over the killing of Jagriti Publications publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan.
The eight ABT men are Syed Ziaul Hoque, a suspended major of Bangladesh Army who is known as Sagar alias Istikhakh alias Boro bhai in the organization, Moinul Hasan Shamim alias Sifat alias Samir alias Imran, Md Abdus Sabur alias Abdus Samad alias Sujan alias Raju alias Sad, Khairul Islam alias Jamil alias Rifat alias Fahim alias Jisan, Md Abu Siddique Sohel alias Sakib alias Sajid alias Shahab, Mozammel Hossain alias Saimon alias Shashriar, Md Sheikh Abdullah alias Jubayer alias Jayed alias Javed, and Akram Hossain alias Hasib alias Abir alias Adnan alias Abdullah.
Of the accused, six are currently behind the bars while two others -- Syed Ziaul Hoque and Akram Hossain -- have been on the run. The court also issued a warrant for the arrest of the duo.
The court also asked police to submit a report by April 23 on the execution of the arrest order.
On November 15 last year, police pressed charges against the eight accused in the killing case.
Investigation officer (IO) of the case, Assistant Commissioner of Detective Branch (DB) of police Fazlur Rahman, submitted a charge-sheet to the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sharafuzzaman Ansari.
Major Syed Ziaul Hoque, mastermind of the killing, was suspended from the Bangladesh Army.
Publisher Dipan, son of Prof Abul Kashem Fazlul Huq of Dhaka University, was hacked to death in his office on the second floor of Aziz Supermarket at Shahbagh in the city on October 31, 2015.
A case was filed with Shahbagh Police Station over the matter the following day and later, the case was transferred to DB.
Dhaka, Mar 19 (UNB) - A court here on Tuesday placed two Saudi Airlines crew on a one-day remand in a case filed over the recovery of gold bars from them.
Metropolitan Magistrate Tofazzal Hossain passed the order after sub-inspector Shafiqul Islam of Airport Police Station, also the investigation officer of the case, produced them before his court seeking a 10-day remand in the case.
Those remanded are Sayma Akhter and Farjana Afrose.
The duo was detained at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the early hours of Monday for illegally carrying gold.
The Saudi Airlines flight landed at the airport around 2am. Acting on a tip-off, a team of customs officials and APBn searched the two accused when they were trying to pass the green channel at the airport.
Dhaka, Mar 19 (UNB)- A court here on Tuesday set April 1 for the next hearing on charge framing against 11 people, including BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, in the Niko graft case.
Former prime minister Khaleda Zia was produced before Dhaka Special Judge Court-9 in a wheelchair during the hearing. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir was also present in the courtroom.
Khaleda’s lawyer Masud Ahmed Talukder told the court that they were not getting necessary documents. “We didn’t get the copies of documents even after your (the judge’s) order. We can’t prepare without those,” he said.
The court, however, told him that the plea had been resolved.
Anti-Corruption Commission lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajol rejected Masud’s claim, saying they had provided documents and accused the defence of raising such allegations to impede the trial process.
The court had previously fixed March 19 for the hearing.
On December 9, 2007, the ACC filed the case accusing Khaleda and four others of causing a loss of Tk 137.77 billion to the state by signing an oil-gas exploration deal with Canadian company Niko when the BNP was in office.
The anti-graft body pressed charges in court against 11 people, including Khaleda, on May 5 the next year.
The other accused in the case are BNP Standing Committee Member Moudud Ahmed, former state minister AKM Mosharraf Hossain, former principal secretary Kamal Uddin Siddique, Khandaker Shahidul Islam, CM Yusuf Hossain, former Bapex general manager Mir Mainul Haq, its former secretary Shafiur Rahman, Giasuddin Al Mamun, former parliamentarian MAH Selim and former vice-president of South-Asia affairs Niko Kashem Sharif.