Mojaheed, Sayedee Remanded in Faruk Murder Case
Sunday, 11 July 2010

A Dhaka court on Saturday sent Jamaat-e-Islami leaders Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed and Delwar Hossain Sayedee on remand in the Faruk Hossain murder case filed with Ramna police.

The Detective Branch will now question the two leaders on the charges for the killing of Faruk in the lead-up to the June 27 opposition shutdown across the country. Earlier, they were presented to Dhaka's Chief Metropolitan Magistrates' Court at the end of the nine-day grilling in three cases filed with Paltan police.

On June 30, two Dhaka courts remanded the duo along with their chief Motiur Rahman Nizami in police custody for 16 days in five cases.

After the hearing of three cases filed with Paltan Police Station, magistrate Ali Hossain of Dhaka's CMM Court granted remand for three days against the requests for 10 days for each case.

Metropolitan magistrate Tofael Hassan heard the cases on hurting religious sentiment, a sedition case with Uttara police and one for obstructing police duty and vandalism during June 27 general strike and the pre-hartal violence on June 26 filed with Ramna police.

He discharged the trio in the first case, but awarded the police three days to question them in the case with Uttara, and four days for the case with Ramna police.

Murder charges were later included in the case with Ramna police after Faruk, injured during the arson on June 26, died on July 1.

On Saturday, the duo was presented to the court of metropolitan magistrate Abdul Majid.

Their lawyers, Moshiul Alam, Abdur Razzaq and SM Kamal Uddin, urged the court to not send them to remand immediately. They reasoned that the two are tired and exhausted after the nine-day grilling.

The defence lawyers also urged the court to send them to prison instead for some time so that they can recover. They also accused the investigation authorities of not following the prior court order to arrange proper medical treatment.

At this time both Mojaheed and Sayedee claimed that they were very sick and that no steps were taken for their treatment. Sayedee claimed that he was made to stand for a long time during the remand sessions making it hard for him to stay upright at the court also.

However, the state's representatives, additional public prosecutor MA Kamrul Hasan Aslam and Mahfuzur Rahman Likhon said that the remand was approved before and left no scope for discussion or sending them to prison.

They also said that the investigation officer will definitely arrange for required medical treatment if they become ill.

At the end of the hearing, the court rejected the petition by the defence lawyers and reconfirmed the remand order.

The lawyers then sought bail of their clients in the Paltan cases at the court of magistrate Mostofa Shahriar who also rejected their petition.


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