Mahmudur Jailed for Contempt of Court
Thursday, 19 August 2010

The Supreme Court on Thursday has found Mahmudur Rahman, the acting editor of the Bengali-language daily Amar Desh, guilty of contempt of court jailing him for six months.

The full bench of the Appellate Division, headed by chief justice Mohammad Fazlul Karim, also fined him Tk 1 lakh with an extra month in prison if he fails to pay the fine.

The court also sentenced the daily newspaper's correspondent Oliullah Noman to one month in prison and fined him Tk 10,000.

He will have to serve an extra seven days in prison on failure to pay the fine.

The daily's publisher Hashmat Ali has been fined Tk 10,000.

The court unconditionally released the daily's news editor Mostahid Faruqi and deputy editor Syed Abdal Ahmed, relieving them of the contempt of court charge.

On Wednesday the court had adjourned hearing until Thursday.

On Apr 21, a report by Rahman headlined 'Chambers always give stay order for the state,' (Chamber Manei Sarkar'r Pakkhe Stay) was published in the daily newspaper.

On June 2, Supreme Court lawyers Riazuddin Khan and Kazi Moinul Islam had petitioned the court to bring contempt charges against them.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Appellate Division issued yet another court contempt ruling against Rahman and the daily's publisher Hashmat Ali for another article published in the daily newspaper on May 10, headlined 'Farce in the name of independent justice' (Swadhin Bichharer Name Tamasha)."

It asked Rahman and Ali to appear in court on Aug 24 and explain why such charges should not be filed against them.

Lawyers Riazuddin Khan and Kazi Moinul Hasan were also behind the filing of Monday's contempt of court charge.


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