Mahmudur Remanded in Sedition Case

>> Thursday, June 17, 2010

Court Correspondent


A Dhaka court yesterday directed Detective Branch (DB) of police to take Mahmudur Rahman on a four-day remand, subject to his recovery from illness, in connection with a sedition case.

Mahmudur, acting editor of recently closed daily Amar Desh, was remanded earlier for a total of seven days in three other cases.

Metropolitan Magistrate Ismail Hossain directed the jail authorities to take necessary steps for his treatment following a petition submitted by his lawyers, and passed the remand order.

On June 8, Mahmudur, former energy adviser of the four-party alliance government, was shown arrested, and the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court granted the remand in the case.

Bimanbandar police on June 7 filed the case against 16 people including Mahmudur for holding a ''secret meeting'' with a few government officials on November 24, 2006 at Artisan Ceramics Ltd office in the city's Uttara.

DB Inspector Monjur Morshed, investigation officer of the case, earlier in a forwarding report said Mahmudur had held the meeting prior to the general election which was scheduled for January 22, 2007. So, he needs to be remanded to find out the purpose of the meeting, the IO said.

However, defence lawyers submitted the petition saying their client should have a medical checkup, as he was mentally and physically tortured during the remands.

Meantime, DB police produced him before the court yesterday on completion of his four-day remand in a case filed for his alleged involvement with banned Hizb ut-Tahrir.

On June 2, Tejgoan police arrested him from Amar Desh office in Karwan Bazar after the daily's publisher Hasmat Ali Hashu filed a fraud case against him.


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