The High Court (HC) on Tuesday extended BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail by one year in two defamation cases.
The HC bench of Justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo passed the order after hearing two petitions.
Barrister Kaiser Kamal accompanied by four other lawyers stood for the BNP chief.
On August 13 and 14, 2018, the HC granted a six-month bail to Khaleda in the cases and the bail tenure was extended for a year in February, 2019.
One of the defamation cases was filed against her in Narail for making derogatory remarks on freedom fighters on December 21, 2015 while the other one in 2016 for making derogatory remarks about Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Khaleda has been in jail since she was convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case in February 8, 2018. She was found guilty in another corruption case later.
A court in Gazipur on Tuesday placed four people on a three-day remand each over the alleged gang-rape of a teenage girl at a birthday party at Nayanpur of Sreepur upazila.
Those remanded are Sharif Hossain, 18, of Noisapur village of Hossainpur in Kishoreganj, Imran Hasan Sujon, 19, of Ujan Chandrapara village of Ishwarganj in Mymensingh, Sharif Uddin Molla, 20, of Nayanpur of Sreepur, and a 16-year-old boy from Trishal in Mymensingh.
Judge of the Judicial Magistrate Court-3 Md Iqbal Hossain passed the order for the adult accused while Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge MLB Misbah Uddin placed the lone teenage accused on the remand.
The four invited the victim to a birthday party on January 15 where they offered her food laced with sedatives and later violated her in turns.
It came to the fore after a video clip went viral on Facebook where the suspects were seen saying, ‘Hello friends, we might be inside jail tomorrow. So, there’s a little chance to meet you again.’
The four were arrested on Friday and Saturday soon after the victim’s mother filed a case over the incident.
A court here on Tuesday framed charges against Golam Kibria Shamim alias GK Shamim and his seven bodyguards in an arms case filed with Gulshan Police Station.
Judge Md Rabiul Alam, Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court-3, passed the order after dismissing a petition filed by the accused seeking their acquittal.
The court also fixed February 26 for starting the formal trial in the case.
The seven body guards are—Md Delwar Hossain, Md Murad Hossain, Md Jahidul Islam, Md Shahidul Islam, Md Kamal Hossain, Md Samsad Hossain and Md Aminul Islam.
Lawyer Salauddin Howlader represented the state while advocate Shawkat Osman appeared on behalf of GK Shamim.
Earlier, sub-inspector Shekhar Chandra Mallik of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-1) and also investigation officer of the case, submitted the chargesheet against them on October 27 last.
Rab filed three cases -– one under the Narcotics Control Act, another under the Money-laundering Prevention Act and the other under the Arms Act –- with Gulshan Police Station against Shamim who was arrested along with his seven body guards during a drive at his Niketan office on September 20.
Rab raided the house and office of Shamim, who amassed huge wealth as a contractor identifying himself as a Jubo League leader, in the Niketan area and arrested him with illegal firearms and a huge amount of money.
They seized Fixed Deposit Receipts (FDRs) worth Tk 165 crore, Tk 1.8 crore in cash and foreign currencies.
A foreign-made pistol, seven shotguns and a huge cache of bullets were also seized from the office of GKB & Company Pvt Limited owned by Shamim.
Shamim was known as an influential contractor of Sabujbagh, Basabo and Motijheel areas of the capital.
The High Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of eight convicts in a case filed for killing schoolgirl Smrity Debnath Sima after rape during a robbery in Laxmipur Sadar upazila in 2012.
Besides, the HC commuted the death penalty of two other convicts to life imprisonment.
An HC bench of Justice Bhabani Prasad Singh and Justice Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah passed the order after hearing the death reference and appeals filed by the convicts.
The eight condemned convicts are Hiron, 24, Manik, 30, Rashed, 25, Sumon, 20, Hedayet Ullah Hedu, 50, Nurnabi, 27, Saddam Hossain alias Rubel, 19, Nure Ala alias Nuru, 22.
Those got their sentence commuted are Anwar Hossain, 23 and Sohel.
Of them, Manik, Saddam, Sumon, Rashedul and Sohel have been on the run.
On September 16, 2014, the Laxmipur court sentenced 10 people to death and fined them Tk 1 lakh each in the murder case.
Session’s Judge Manjurul Bashid handed down the verdict acquitting 15 others as allegations brought against them were not proved.
According to the case prosecution, a gang of robbers, numbering 25-30, swooped on the house of Manik Laxman Debnath at Basudouhita village under Chandraganj union in Sadar upazila of Laxmipur on July 18, 2012 and looted valuables worth Tk 5 lakh after holding the house inmates hostage at gunpoint.
The bandits also strangulated Manik’s daughter Sima, then a Class-VII student of Pratabganj High School, after violating her.
Victim’s grandfather Krishna Das filed a case the following day in this regard.
Police pressed charges against 24 accused on March 25, 2013.