HC appoints 7 amici curiae in Hasina’s case
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The High Court on Monday appointed seven senior Supreme Court lawyers as amici curiae for their legal opinion on the disposal of a writ petition filed by the detained former prime minister Sheikh Hasina challenging the legality of the Tk 2.99 crore extortion case.

The High court bench of Justice Shah Abu Nayeem Mominur Rahman and Justice Shahidul Islam assigned the lawyers on the third day of the hearing in the matter.

The amici curiae (friends of court) are former attorney general Mahamudul Islam, TH Khan, Mahabub-e-Alam, Abdur Rab Chowdhury, Monsurul Haque Chowdhury, Mahabur Rahman and Abdur Rafiq Miah.

The court posted for December 30 the hearing in the opinions on the writ from the lawyers. The amici curiae will submit their opinions to the court on the government’s authority to approve the placement of a case filed before the framing of the Emergency Powers Rules under the rules, Hasina’s counsel Shafiq Ahmed told newsmen.

They will also give their opinions on whether the trial of a case, lodged before the framing of the Emergency Powers Rules, could be held under the rules and whether holding trial in such cases under the Emergency Power Rules is a violation of fundamental rights of a citizen as guaranteed in the constitution, he added.

Azam J Chowdhury lodged the case with the Gulshan police on June 13, 2007 accusing Hasina and Sheikh Selim for extorting about Tk 2.99 crore from him.

Hasina’s younger sister, Rehana, was later implicated in the case. Hasina was arrested on July 16 at her house. The home affairs ministry issued a letter of approval the same day to place the case under the Emergency Powers Rules.

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