Tag Archives: Bangladesh

Bangladesh/UK: Barrister Michael Polak: Stand up for abducted man, Tulip

December 7, 2017

Barrister Ahmad bin Quasem, known as Ahman, was called to the English bar and lived in London while he trained to be a barrister.

Barrister Ahmad bin Quasem, known as Ahman, was called to the English bar and lived in London while he trained to be a barrister.

Michael Polak is a lawyer at Church Court Chambers fighting for the release of a barrister detained in Bangladesh.

While it is laudable for Tulip Siddiq MP to fight for the freedom of a constituent languishing in an Iranian jail, she also has the opportunity and the influence to speak of the plight of individuals abducted by the Bangladeshi government.

Last year the family of Mir Ahmad bin Quasem approached me to press his case.

He is a British-trained Bangladeshi lawyer who was abducted in August 2016 by state security forces.

I have been told that Tulip Siddiq MP, who is also the Bangladeshi Prime Minister’s niece, is best placed to speak out and use her influence.

I have written to her office several times but, as yet, with no success.










Bangladesh: Police: Six, including ‘wife’, confess to killing Chittagong lawyer

November 28, 2017


The so-called wife, with help from five others, had planned to force Bappi pay Tk10 lakh as den mohor instead of the amount agreed in the Kabinnama

Six people arrested over the murder of lawyer Omar Faruq Bappi in Chittagong have confessed during preliminary questioning to their direct involvement in strangling the man to death, police have claimed.

One of the arrestees is Bappi’s so-called wife Rasheda Begum, Additional Superintendent of Police Md Moin Uddin of the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) told a press briefing at PBI headquarters on Monday evening.

He said Rasheda had hired four men through her friend Humayun Rashid with the plan to force Bappi pay Tk10 lakh as den mohor instead of the Tk2 lakh agreed in the Kabinnama (marriage contract).

In Islam, a den mohor or mahr is a mandatory payment, in the form of money or possessions paid or promised to pay by the groom, or by groom’s father, to the bride at the time of marriage, which legally becomes her property.

Moin Uddin said Rasheda and the five others met Bappi on Friday night and tried to get his signature on a blank paper in an attempt to create a legal document to get the money, but instead they killed him.

Apart from Rasheda, 27, the five other arrestees are Humayun, 28, Al Amin, 28, Md Parvez alias Ali, 24, Akbar Hossain alias Rubel, 23, and Jakir Hossain alias Molla Jakir, 35.

Police recovered Bappy’s body from a flat in a building on KB Aman Ali Road under Chawkbazar police station in the port city on Saturday morning. A case over the murder was also started later.

The hands and legs of the lawyer were tied with rope while his genitals were severed, UNB said in a report.



Why does MP Tulip Siddiq not want to speak out on Bangladesh?

Bangladesh: Colleagues’ work stoppage today

November 27, 2017

The lawyers in Chittagong demonstrated on the court premises in the city yesterday, demanding immediate arrest and capital punishment for the killers of their colleague Bappi.

At a protest rally staged by Chittagong District Bar Association, Mohammed Abu Hanif, its general secretary, also announced a daylong work stoppage for today.

Omar Faruk Bappi, a lawyer of Chittagong District Judge Court, was found murdered in his West Bakalia residence in the port city on Saturday. His father Ali Ahmed filed a murder case accusing a woman, Rasheda Begum, and several others unnamed persons.

Addressing the rally, Abu Hanif said no lawyer of the association will stand for the accused. Seeking speedy trial, they will submit a memorandum to the home minister and inspector general of police through the deputy commissioner of Chittagong, said lawyer Raton Kumar Roy, president of the association. After the rally, Bappi’s namaz-e-janaza was held at Chittagong Judicial Magistrate Court premises after the Zohr prayers.






Bangladesh: Bangladeshi Lawyer, LGBT Advocate Seeks Police Protection after Getting Death Threats

November 15, 2017


A Bangladeshi human rights lawyer on Wednesday said he sought police protection after complaining about death threats received for writing about and advocating for his country’s LGBT community.

Shahanur Islam Saikot said unidentified men, whom he suspected were militants, repeatedly threatened him over the phone, with the latest two calls made on Nov. 9. The death threats, including ones sent on Facebook, began in October.

“On Oct. 19 and 23, some unidentified callers threatened to kill me if I did not stop writing in favor of the LGBT people in Bangladesh. They tagged me as an atheist and reminded me of dire consequences,” Saikot, a blogger and 2010 fellow of Switzerland-based rights group JusticeMakers, told BenarNews.

The South Asian nation is where Muslim extremists carried out a spate of grisly killings targeting secular writers, intellectuals and LGBT activists in 2015 and 2016, according to Bangladeshi police.

“I have been getting repeated threats on Facebook where I share my story in favor of the LGBT community,” he said. “Who would threaten me on this issue other than the militants? The militants are behind the threats.”

Homosexual acts are outlawed in Saikot’s Muslim-majority country. Defendants can be sentenced to life in prison if found guilty of sodomy, but the law is not seriously enforced, according to a 2016 U.S. State Department country report on human rights in Bangladesh.

Saikot said he filed a complaint with the police on Oct. 27 in northern Naogaon district, where he was when he received one of the threats over his phone.

















Bangladesh: HC verdict on Narayanganj seven-murder Sunday; families want death sentences upheld

August 13, 2017





Bangladesh/Malaysia: Malaysia detains Bangladesh rights activist Adilur Rahman at airport

July 20, 2017

Adilur Rahman Khan faces trial in Bangladesh for distorting facts over the 2013 Hifazat-e Islam demonstration in Dhaka's Motijheel.












Bangladesh: Legal notice served for Sultana Kamal’s arrest

June 18, 2017

Legal notice served for Sultana Kamal’s arrest

Advocate Zulfikar Ali Zunu said Sultana has hurt Muslims with her “derogatory and irresponsible comments”

A Supreme Court lawyer on Sunday served a legal notice seeking arrest of prominent human rights activist and former advisor to the caretaker government Sultana Kamal within seven days for hurting religious sentiments of the Muslim majority in the country.

Advocate Zulfikar Ali Zunu served the notice to the inspector general of police (IGP) and the chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) saying Sultana has hurt Muslims with her “derogatory and irresponsible” comments, reports the Bangla Tribune.

According to the notice, the lawyer came to know that Sultana made “irresponsible” comments on the Muslims and Islam in spite of being an eminent person through social media and television. Her comments hurt the majority Muslims of Bangladesh and their faith.

The lawyer also said he served the notice on behalf of millions of Muslims of the country and requested the court to order law enforcement agencies to arrest Sultana Kamal within seven days.

Zunu also said that he took the step as a practicing Muslim and a lawyer of the highest court of the country.