SC grants conditional bail to journalist Shafik Rehman

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Dhaka, August 31: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday granted conditional bail to journalist Shafik Rehman.

He was detained on charges of being involved in a plot to kill Sajeeb Wajed Joy, the son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed.

A five-member Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order on Wednesday morning.

Other members of the bench were Justice Syed Mahmud Hasan, Justice Hasan Fayez Siddiqui, Justice Mirza Hosayn Haider and Justice Mohammad Bazlur Rahman.

Senior lawyers AJ Mahmud Ali and Barrister Ragib Rouf Chowdhury moved for the defendant in the court while attorney general Mahbubey Alam moved for the state.

After the judgement, lawyer Ragib Chowdhury  said the court granted Shafik Rehman three months’ bail on condition of depositing his British and Bangladeshi passports. However, the law enforcing agencies have already seized his passports.

They argued that as there is no other case pending against him, there is no obstacle to release him from jail.

Earlier on June 7, he submitted a bail prayer to the High Court after his bail prayer was rejected by Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court.

Later, an HC bench comprising Justice AKM Asduzzaman and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan rejected his bail prayer.

He later filed a leave to appeal against the HC order with the Appellate Division on July 17.

The Detective Branch of police arrested Shafik Rehman from his Eskaton residence on April 16 last. Later, he was shown arrested in a case filed for ‘planning to murder Sajib Wazed Joy after abduction’ in the United States.

Afterward, the court placed him 10-day remand in two phases for interrogation.