SQ Chy's Bail Rejected
Wednesday, 22 December 2010

The bail appeal of BNP leader and major war crimes suspect Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury in the arson and murder case has been turned down.

The Dhaka's Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court judge Mostafa Shahriar on Wednesday rejected the bail request and ordered him jail.

The court also ordered to provide Chowdhury facilities and take measures for treatment if he feels sick.

Chowdhury was led to the court premises at 2pm amid tight security.

His lawyers requested the court to present him on the dock and for bail. The hearing on bail request, however, was held in his absence.

Following the order, lawyers supported by the Awami League and the BNP brought out processions — respectively for Chowdhury's punishment and for his release.

Salahuddin has been claiming that he had been tortured in police custody. BNP secretary general Khandker Delwar Hossain on Tuesday urged the United Nations and International Human Rights Organisation to examine the 'oppressions'.

The court on Wednesday was attended by American embassy political official Forest Graham, American embassy assistant political expert Lubain Chowdhury and Netherlands embassy political affairs advisor Saiful Haque.

The senior opposition leader was arrested from a Banani house around 4:30pm on Dec 16.

Salahuddin was taken to the DB headquarters at Minto Road and later to the court area of Old Dhaka in the early hours of Dec 17, when he brought allegations for torturing him in custody.

The case, in which Salahuddin was shown arrested, also accused BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas, vice-president Shamser Mabin Chowdhury and some other top leaders of Jamat-e-Islami.

Source: bdnews24.com

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