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Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The High Court on Monday summarily rejected a writ petition challenging the legality of showing Sheikh Rehana, expatriate sister of detained Awami League president Sheikh Hasina and a co-accused in a Tk 3 crore extortion case, fugitive from justice.

The High Court bench of Justice ABM Khairul Haque and Justice Abdul Awal rejected the petition observing, 'There is no provision in the law for allowing a fugitive to get any relief.'

Rehana, now in London, was indicted in the case and set to be tried in absentia when the formal trial would begin Thursday.

Since the fugitive petitioner was aware of the case and filed power of attorney through her lawyer, the question of exhausting legal process showing an accused as fugitive was not required, the court said.

Azmalul Hossain appeared for Rehana, while additional attorney general Mansur Habib, assisted by ACC special prosecutor Golam Kibria, stood for the state.

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