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Bangladesh - October 12, 2023

Made the country a hell: High Court

Court Correspondent: The High Court expressed its anger as the state opposed the bail hearing of human rights organization Odhikar Adilur Rahman Khan and director ASM Nasir Uddin. The court said, “He has made the country a hell.”
Tuesday (October 10) Justice Md. Emdadul Haq Azad single bench commented this.
Initially, senior advocate AJ Mohammad Ali appeared before Dias to plead for bail on behalf of Adilur-Elan. Meanwhile, the Deputy Attorney General of the state Rezaul Karim stood up. He said, we also have a speech. Then the High Court said, let the lawyers of the accused speak first. Why you jumping now?
After that, the lawyer of the accused, AJ Muhammad Ali, said that the accused have been sentenced to two years in the Information Technology Act case. Tk 10 thousand has been fined. At this time Deputy Attorney General Rezaul Karim again opposed the bail. Then the court expressed anger and said to the state party, then why did you give them a sentence of 2 years? Could not give life sentence.
At one point, the court said, they have made the country a hell.
After that, the court granted bail to human rights organization Odhikar’s secretary Adilur Rahman Khan and director ASM Nasir Uddin Elan. At the same time, the court suspended the order to fine them Tk 10,000.
Senior advocate AJ Mohammad Ali, advocate Ruhul Amin Bhuiyan appeared for the bail in the court.
Earlier on September 25, Human rights organization Odhikar’s Secretary Adilur Rahman Khan and director ASM Nasir Uddin Elan were appealed in the High Court against the two-year rigorous imprisonment. They also asked for bail.
Earlier on September 14, Secretary of human rights organization Odhikar Adilur Rahman Khan and director ASM Nasir Uddin Elan were sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment in the case of spreading confusion about the number of deaths in the operation to remove the leaders and activists of Hefazte Islam from Shapla Chattar in Motijheel, Dhaka. At the same time, they have been fined Tk 10,000, which in default will be another 1-month imprisonment.
The accused in the case, filed in 2013, are Adilur, the Secretary of Odhikar, and Nasir, the director of the organization.
Both of them were on bail. On May 5, 2013, Adhikar claimed that 61 people were killed in the evacuation of Hefazat Islam activists from Shapla square. However, this number is reported as 13 by the government. The Intelligence Branch (DB) of the police made a General Diary (GD) on June 10 of that year for spreading confusion about the numbers. Later it was registered as a case under the Information and Communication Technology Act.

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