Adilur releasedNew Age Online
Rights organization Odhikar secretary Adilur Rahman Khan was released from jail on Friday where he was kept more than two months in connection with a cyber crimes case.
Kashimpur Central Jail’s part 1 deputy jailer Musfiqur Rahim told New Age that they released Adilur from the jail at about 10:00 am after scrutinizing his bail’s bond order.
Adilur’s wife Saira Rahman received him at the jail gate, his lawyer Asaduzzaman told New Age.
The prison officials on Thursday said they could not release Adilur as the bail bond reached the jail from Dhaka Central Jail at about 8:00pm.
Asaduzzaman, however, on Thursday alleged that prison authorities kept Adilur detained illegally, although all papers for his release had been submitted to Dhaka Central Jail Wednesday night.
The High Court on Tuesday granted six months’ interim bail to Adilur and the bail order was upheld by the Appellate Division as the government appealed against his bail.
The judge in chamber of the Appellate Division, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, did not pass any order after hearing an application filed by the government seeking the High Court order to be stayed.
On Tuesday, the High Court bench of Justice Borhanuddin and Justice KM Kamrul Kader granted interim bail for six months to Adilur after hearing a petition filed by him, challenging an order passed by the
Cyber Crimes Tribunal in Dhaka on September 25 rejecting his petition seeking bail.
On August 10, the Detective Branch of police arrested Adilur, also a former deputy attorney general, in front of his Gulshan house.
On September 4, the Detective Branch pressed charges against Adilur and Odhikar director ASM Nasiruddin Elan for publishing a report claiming that 61 people were killed in law enforcers’ action on Hefajat-e-Islam men in the capital on May 5 and early May 6. In the charge sheet, the detectives claimed that the report was
published with ‘false information and doctored photos.’
The Cyber Crimes Tribunal had taken cognisance of the charges against Adilur and Elan on September 18.
The tribunal judge, AKM Shamsul Alam, had also issued a warrant of arrest of Nasiruddin Elan as the police showed him a fugitive in thecase.
On September 25, the tribunal had posted for October 21 the hearing in the framing of charges.
International and local human rights groups as well as different political parties had condemned the arrest Adilur.
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