Sheikh Selim freed on bail
Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Agencies

Former Awami League health minister Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim was released on bail on Monday at BSMMU Hospital.

"We removed prison guards from the cabin around midday", said deputy inspector general of prisons Shamsul Haider Siddiqui.
 
After his release from guard at noon, Selim claimed that he was innocent of all charges against him.
 
He demanded that all detained AL leaders and activists, including his cousin and party president Sheikh Hasina, should be freed.
 
He also demanded lifting of emergency.
 
AL leaders and activists garlanded the AL presidium member as he stepped out of his cell. Supporters had thronged the BSMMU compound and surroundings from morning, as they came to know of Selim's impending release.
 
Selim claimed that all the cases filed against him were "baseless", adding: "I'll be able to prove myself innocent if the trials are held properly under the current legal system."
 
After leaving the BSMMU, he was set to offer flowers at the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Dhanmondi, and then on to his Banani residence.
 
Sheikh Selim was released after securing bail in two cases—one involving charges of extortion and an ACC case on charges of amassing illegal wealth.
 
The extortion case filed by Azam J Chowdhury names Sheikh Hasina and sister Sheikh Rehana as co-accused.
 
The ACC filed the graft case against him on April 23.
 
He was arrested from his Banani home on May 29, 2007.

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