Coco will have to Come Back
Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Arafat Rahman Coco, the youngest son of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, will have to come back to the country.

An Appellate Division regular bench has stayed the High Court order to extend his parole on Wednesday based on a government petition requesting stay of the order.

Additional attorney general M K Rahman told journalists the three-strong regular bench, headed by chief justice A B M Khairul Haque, stayed the High Court order by six weeks.

"The government has been asked to file a leave to appeal within the period," he added.

"Due to the order, Coco is no longer on parole. He will have to come back. He will have to appear before the court for the cases against him," assistant attorney general Ekramul Haque told bdnews24.com.

Attorney general Mahbubey Alam argued for the government, while Mahbubuddin Khokan and Jaynal Abedin argued on behalf of Coco.

The High Court on Monday extended Coco's parole by 20 days and also opined that Coco could request the government to allow him to stay out of jail, by presenting his medical documents.

Coco's lawyers filed a writ petition against the home ministry decision on Aug 26, when the High Court ordered extension of his parole by 40 days. The court also issued a rule upon the government asking why the home ministry decision would not be declared illegal.

On Tuesday, the government petitioned the Appellate Division and chamber judge Mohammad Mozammel Hossain fixed Wednesday for its hearing.

Coco has been in Bangkok on parole since July 19, 2008 after his release on bail. At that time, he had secured eight-week parole for treatment abroad. Coco was arrested on Sep 3, 2007 in the GATCO corruption case.

The latest extension of his parole expired on Aug 14. The home ministry decided on Aug 19 not to extend it any further and asked him to come back home by Aug 31, an order which the BNP and its different wings protested against.

Source: bdnews24.com

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