Appellate Division upholds Barrister Fakhrul’s bail order

Appellate Division upholds Barrister Fakhrul’s bail order

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Dhaka – The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a High Court order that allowed one-year bail to Barrister AKM Fakhrul Islam, convicted in the case lodged against him in connection with the leakage of the draft verdict of the International Crimes Tribunal case against executed former BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order rejecting a petition filed by the government seeking a stay on the High Court order. Earlier, on April 4, the High Court granted bail to Fakhrul for one year in the case.
On 15 September 2016, Bangladesh Cyber Tribunal sentenced Barrister Fakhrul to 10-year imprisonment and also fined him Tk 1 million for his involvement in leaking the draft verdict of the case against Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, a day before the tribunal delivered it.
The court had sentenced Chowdhury's manager KM Mahbubul Hasan, junior lawyer Mehedi Hasan, International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) staff Faruk Hossain and Nayan Ali to seven years' imprisonment and fined them Tk 10,000 each.
AKM Nasiruddin Mahmud, the then Registrar of the ICT, filed a general diary with Shahbagh Police Station on 2 October 2013, over the leaking of a part of the draft verdict. On October 4, 2013, DB inspector Fazlur Rahman filed the case with the same police station in this regard. On August 28, 2014, DB filed the charge sheet of the case against seven persons, including Salauddin's wife Farhat and son Hummam.
The Cyber Tribunal, however, acquitted Salauddin's wife Farhat Quader Chowdhury and son Hummam Quader Chowdhury.
Salauddin Quader Chowdhury was executed at Dhaka Central Jail on November 22, last year, in the case filed against him for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. – Special Correspondent

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