Dhaka, Aug 20 (UNB) – Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Tuesday said both Bangladesh and Myanmar are “fully ready” to resume the repatriation of Rohingyas to their homeland but some Rohingya leaders and NGOs are reportedly discouraging them to return.
“We’ve heard some Rohingya leaders emerged there. They don’t want the return of any Rohingya (to their homeland). They’re trying to stop returnees. Some INGOs and NGOs are instigating them (Rohingyas),” he told a small group of reporters at his office in the afternoon.
He said Bangladesh wants to see Rohingyas’ return to Rakhine State as soon as possible. The two countries are trying to resume the repatriation in a small scale from Thursday.
“We want the safe and secure return of the Rohingya and free mobility in their own region. Myanmar has agreed on that,” Dr Momen said adding that many Rohingyas are willing to go back.
The Foreign Minister mentioned that Rohingyas are looking for mainly citizenship and they, as per their demand, will not go until the citizenship is given.
“Myanmar is saying it’s a process,” Dr Momen said adding that Rohingyas will get cards after their return and then they have a process of getting citizenship.
On July 29, Bangladesh handed a fresh list of 25,000 Rohingyas from around 6,000 families to Myanmar for verification before their repatriation to Rakhine State.
With the latest list, Bangladesh has so far handed the names of around 55,000 Rohingyas to the Myanmar authorities and around 8,000 of them have been verified.
Dr Momen said Myanmar only cleared 3,450 Rohingyas for beginning repatriation. “We want them to go back as soon as possible.”
He said peace in the region will be hampered if their stay becomes longer in Bangladesh. Peace in the region depends on peaceful resolution of Rohingya problem, Dr Momen added.
Responding to a question, Dr Momen said China is very much involved in it and is helping Bangladesh convince Myanmar to take back their nationals.
Earlier in the day, he discussed the Rohingya repatriation issue with visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar at a bilateral meeting.
On Rohingya issue, Jaishankar said they agreed that the “safe, speedy and sustainable” return of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine is in the national interest of the three countries -- Bangladesh, Myanmar and India.
“We reaffirmed our readiness to provide more assistance for the displaced persons in Bangladesh and to improve socioeconomic condition in Rakhine State,” he said.
The Indian minister appreciated the humanitarian gesture of Bangladesh in supporting a large number of displaced people from Rakhine and assured India’s continued support for their safe, speedy and sustainable return to Myanmar.
Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered the country since August 25, 2017. Bangladesh and Myanmar signed the repatriation deal on November 23, 2017.
On January 16, 2018 Bangladesh and Myanmar inked a document on “Physical Arrangement”, which was supposed to facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland.
The “Physical Arrangement” stipulates that the repatriation will be completed preferably within two years from the start.
The first batch of Rohingyas was scheduled to return on November 15 last year but it was halted amid unwillingness of Rohingyas to go back for lack of a congenial environment in Rakhine.
Dhaka, Aug 20 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday granted bail for four weeks to the Mohammadpur thana unit president of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) in a case filed over snatching sacrificial goats before Eid-ul-Azha in Mohammadpur area of the city.
The HC bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and SM Kuddus Zaman passed the order when the BCL leader, Mujahid Azmi Tanna, surrendered before the court and sought bail.
Anjuman Ara Begum who stood for Tanna said they filed a bail petition on August 18.
On August 11, senior warrant officer of Rapid Action Battalion-2 M Farukh Hossain filed the case with Mohammadpur Police Station against nine people, including Tanna.
According to the case statement, five goat traders brought a total of 212 goats in a truck from Jashore and Jhenaidah to the capital in the morning of August 11 to sell those ahead of Eidu-ul-Azha.
When they reached Babar Road in Mohammadpur, they were taken to Jahuri Mahalla along with their truck and kept confined to a club there.
Later, a patrol team of Rab rescued the traders along with the truckload of goats.
They also detained three alleged snatchers – Yasir Arafat, Jahidul Islam and Mohammad Raihan -- from the spot and handed them over to police.
Later, they were placed on a three-day remand when they confessed to their crime, said Sajib Ghosh, investigation officer of the case.
He said BCL men set up a makeshift cattle market by their office at Babar Road and they used to extort money from traders after holding them hostage. “Traders were also forced to take goats to their haat,” he said.
Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday wants to know the details of when the police SP of Barguna briefed media that Ayesha Siddika Minni had given a confessional statement over the murder of her husband Rifat Sharif.
The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman asked the lawyer of Minni ZI Panna Khan to submit the details in affidavit form by 2pm on Tuesday, clarifying whether the briefing actually took place before or after the statement Minni gave under Section 164 of the CrPC.
The interrogation of Minni, how she has shown arrested, produced before the court after her arrest, her time in remand, mode of interrogation while she was in remand, should all be mentioned in the supplementary report, it said.
On August 8, the High Court refused to grant bail to Ayesha Siddika Minni in a case filed over the killing of her husband Rifat Sharif.
A bench of Justice Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman denied bail to Minni saying that the court can issue a rule seeking explanation as to why she won’t be granted bail, but can’t grant her bail right now. The court said that they have to examine the confessional statement of the accused in the case.
Minni’s legal team withdrew the bail petition at that.
Rifat Sharif, 22, was attacked with sharp weapons near the main gate of Barguna Government College on June 26. Minni appeared to be trying to protect him during the attack.
Police have so far arrested 16 people over the murder. Besides, main accused Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayon Bond was killed in a reported gunfight with law enforcers on July 2.
Police arrested Minni on July 16 over the murder of her husband and was denied bail several times. She reportedly confessed to her involvement in the murder before the court on July 19, two days after her arrest.
On July 31, Minni filed a petition with a Barguna court seeking withdrawal of her confessional statement over the murder.
Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB) – The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday upheld a High Court order that had stayed for three months the probe into a case filed against renowned photographer Shahidul Alam under the Information and Technology (ICT) Act.
The four-member Appellate Division bench, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, also asked the HC to dispose of by December 18 the rule issued following a writ petition challenging the legality of the case, said Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua.
On March 14, the High Court stayed for three months the investigation into the case.
Later, the state filed an appeal with the Appellate Division challenging the HC order.
On March 4, Shahidul Alam filed a writ petition with the HC challenging the legality of the case and sought a stay on the trial proceedings of the case.
In the petition, Shahidul said the case was meant to harass him and it violated the photographer's basic rights. Besides, he claimed that the case contains legal errors.
Acclaimed photographer Shahidul was picked up from his Dhanmondi residence by detectives on August 5 last year.
A case was filed against him with Ramna Police Station the following day for 'spreading propaganda' through Facebook during the student movement seeking safe roads.
The High Court granted him bail on November 15 last and he was released from jail on November 20 last.
Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB) – The Anti-Corruption Commission on Sunday arrested Tasvir Ul Islam, chairman of Quasem Industries Ltd, in a case filed over the forgery in the design of Banani’s ill-fated FR Tower.
ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya said an ACC team, led by its deputy director Abu Bakar Siddique, arrested Tasvir, one of the owners of the building, from Segunbagicha area.
Tasvir, also President of Kurigram district unit BNP, embezzled Tk 5.65 crore from GSP Finance Company (Bangladesh) Ltd through loan, said the ACC.
The national anti-graft body earlier arrested assistant director of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) Shah Md Badrul Alam on July 30 over the design forgery.
It had filed two cases against 23 people for their alleged involvement in illegally extending Banani’s FR Tower beyond the permitted number of floors.
The building caught fire on March 27 last that left 25 people dead and 73 others injured.
During investigation, the ACC found that the 23-storey FR Tower had no fire alarm while it has narrow exit points and staircases and the fire exits are blocked.
The authorities had legally obtained permission for a 15-storey building but they made the FR Tower a 23-storey one over time.
The ACC sued 20 and five people respectively in the two cases filed over illegal extension of FR Tower from 16th to 18th and 19th to 23rd floors.
The accused also include SMHI Faruque, owner of the land on which FR Tower is built; Liakat Ali Khan Mukul, chairman of Rupayan Housing Estate Ltd, the housing company that extended the building illegally; Muhammd Shawkat Ali, member of Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR); Syed Nazmul Huda, sub-divisional engineer of Public Works Department (PWD); and Shamsur Rahman, executive engineer of PWD.