Cyber tribunal starts working on Adilur case

Bangladesh on 20 September 2013
Location : Dhaka, Bangladesh | Source : Daily Star. Image Source: Daily Star

A Cyber Crime Tribunal in Dhaka yesterday started its formal function with the case filed against Odhikar Secretary Adilur Rahman Khan and its Director ASM Nasiruddin Elan.

The case was filed on August 10 for publishing a false report and doctored photos on the police crackdown on a Hefajat-e Islam rally in the capital.

Earlier yesterday, Adilur’s lawyer submitted a bail petition to the tribunal saying his client was implicated in the case for harassment.

Judge AKM Shamsul Alam of the tribunal fixed September 25 for hearing the petition, as there was no public prosecutor to oppose.

The tribunal also directed the jail authorities to produce Adilur before it on that day.

Earlier on September 11, the same tribunal issued an arrest warrant for fugitive Elan.

It had also directed officer-in-charge of Gulshan Police Station to submit a report on execution of the warrant by yesterday which the police did not submit.

On September 4, the Detective Branch of Police pressed charges against Adilur and Elan after probing rights body Odhikar’s claim that 61 people had died in the crackdown in the early hours of May 6.

Adilur and Elan were charged under Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act, 2006 and the Penal Code.

In the probe report, Elan was shown as fugitive. Adilur, now at Kashimpur jail in Gazipur, was arrested on August 10.

If found guilty, they might face up to 14 years in jail or Tk 1 crore fine under the Act and seven years’ jail term under the Penal Code.
Earlier Adilur was denied bail twice.

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