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Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Tarique Rahman, the detained eldest son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, on Sunday filed an appeal with the High Court to stay the proceedings of remand granted by a lower court for interrogating him in police custody for one day in an extortion case.

The High Court bench of Justice Khademul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Abdul Hye heard the petition from Tarique's counsels and asked the government to present its argument against the petition.

'We sought protection of Tarique's life to the court and also appealed for cancellation of the pending remand granted by a magistrate on January 9. My client can neither stand nor move firmly, after he had been tortured in custody severely during his last remand on December 31,' Habibul Islam Bhuiyan, a counsel of Tarique told the court.

On January 9, Tarique told the court of additional chief metropolitan magistrate of Dhaka Ehsanul Haque that he was kept blindfolded for 18 hours of the 24-hour remand period on December 31. 'I was tied up and suspended from the ceiling blindfolded and tortured physically.'

'I want security for my life,' he said, and pleaded that he not be placed in remand again.

Tarique made the statement after investigation officer of the extortion case, Imtiaz AK Bhuiyan, a sub-inspector of the Gulshan police, appealed to the court to remand him in police custody for seven days for interrogation about the alleged extortion.

But the court remanded him in police custody for one-day only and asked the investigator to be 'cautious' during interrogation.

The charge against Tarique involves an alleged extortion of Tk 1.32 crore from Md Aftabuddin, owner of Reza Construction. Aftabuddin, a building contractor, filed the case with the Gulshan police on March 27.

Tarique's crony and business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun is the prime accused in the case.

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