The Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court of Dhaka on Thursday rejected the plea of veteran journalist Shafik Rehman in a case filed for his alleged involvement in a plot to abduct and kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son Sajeeb Wajed Joy. Judge Kamrul Hossain Molla of the court passed the order after hearing on the remand plea. Advocate Joynal Abedin Mesbah conducted the hearing seeking bail for Shafik Rehman.
Shafik Rehman is now in the Kashimpur jail on completion of 10 days’ remand. He was first put on a five-day remand on April 16 and later on April 22 he was placed on another 5-day remand afresh.
On April 16, plainclothes detectives arrested the veteran journalist from his house in the city’s Eskaton area of the city. Police has said, Shafik was physically present at a meeting on January 29, 2012 with US-Bangladesh citizen Rizve Ahmed Caesar and former FBI agent, Robert Lustyik, where they allegedly conspired to abduct and kill joy, who is the Information, Communication and Technology adviser of the Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, on April 18, the Amar Desh Acting Editor Mahmudur Rahman was shown arrested in the same case and later, he was placed 15 days’ remand in three terms. He has put on the third remand of five days on May 5, which is yet to be completed.
The case docket says that BNP and BNP-led alliance’s high-ups including Jasas Vice President Mohammad Ullah Mamun gather in different places of Bangladesh, New York of USA and UK since September of 2011 to abduct and kill Joy in USA.