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Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid on Sunday appealed to a Dhaka court to discharge him from the charges of 21 August grenade attack cases.
Mujahid’s counsel Nazrul Islam placed the discharge petition as Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 resumed the charge framing hearing against BNP Senior Vice-President Tarique Rahman and 51 other accused in the cases in the morning.
Nazrul Islam was placing different points before the court in support of the discharge petition around 12:15pm till filing of this report.
During the October 17 hearing, the counsel of Lt Commander (retd) Saiful Islam Duke, nephew of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, appealed to the court to discharge his client from the charges.
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on July 3 submitted the supplementary charge sheets mentioning 30 names in addition to the 22 accused in the main charge sheets.
Thirty-two of the accused including former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and Mujahid are now in jail. Tarique and 10 others were described as fugitives in the supplementary charge sheets.
Twenty-four people including Awami League leader Ivy Rahman were killed and around 200 others injured in the grisly grenade attack on an AL rally at Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004. The then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina narrowly escaped the attack.
Two cases--one under Explosive Substances Act and the other for killing people--filed in connection with the attack were shifted to the speedy tribunal on September 9 this year for quick disposal.
The October 22 photo shows workers clean Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium ground where the second day's play of the first Test between Bangladesh and West Indies called off due to heavy overnight rain.
The third day's play of the first test between Bangladesh and West Indies at Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong was called off due to wet outfield caused by heavy overnight and early morning rain.
The umpires abandoned the day's play around 90 minutes after the scheduled start, cricinfo reports.
The entire ground was under covers in the morning and though the rain had relented, enough water had seeped through to leave wet patches around the field.
Though the sun did break out, it wasn't hot and bright enough, nor was there enough wind, to ensure the ground dried up in time to get some play in.
Bangladesh supporters and fans have become frustrated since they were hopeful of a good result as the hosts were scheduled to resume the day's play with 255-4 on the scoreboard.
Injunction on tree felling at Netrakona
The International Crimes Tribunal on Sunday allowed the investigators to interrogate former BNP lawmaker Abdul Alim at his son’s Banani residence in connection with crimes against humanity in 1971.
The three-member tribunal headed by its Chairman Justice Nizamul Huq asked the investigators to quiz Alim for a day from 10:00am to 5:00pm with a one-hour break.
It ordered the house inmates to cooperate with the investigators during the interrogation.
The tribunal ordered the investigators to fix a date for quizzing Alim and inform it to the family inmates 48 hours before the day.
A counsel for the accused may be present near the interrogation room and Alim may call a doctor at his own cost during the interrogation, the tribunal said.
The tribunal began the day’s proceedings around 10:35am.
Abdul Alim, who is now on bail, reached the tribunal around 9:30am to appear before the court as per its October 18 order.
Earlier on Sunday, the ICT investigators submitted through the prosecution the petition for permission to interrogate Alim.
On March 31, the court granted conditional bail to Alim considering his age and poor health.
Police arrested Alim at his residence in Joypurhat on March 27.