A Dhaka court on Wednesday sent veteran journalist Shafik Rehman to the jail after his second five-day remand in a case filed for his alleged involvement in a plot to kidnap and kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy, who lives in the US. Magistrate SM Masud Zaman of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka passed the order after police produced him to the court yesterday on completion of his remand. The court directed the jail authorities to take necessary steps about the journalist’s division facilities in the jail and his treatment at BIRDEM Hospital and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) as per the jail code in response to three petitions submitted by defence counsel Sanaullah Miah. He also sought permission to meet the journalist while the court allowed four people, including Shafik Rahman’s wife to meet him in court custody.
Earlier, on April 16, plainclothes detectives arrested veteran journalist from his house in the city’s Eskaton area and put him on a five-day remand. Shafik was arrested on the charge of plotting to abduct and murder Joy, the Prime Minister’s adviser on ICT affairs. On completion of the 5-day remand Shafik was placed on another 5-day remand to quiz him more about the incident.
Police say Shafik Rehman 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.
On April 24, DMP spokesperson Monirul Islam, head of Counter Terrorism and Transnational crime unit (CT), said Shafik Rehman has disclosed the names of three people who were involved in a plot to abduct and kill prime minister’s son.