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10 get death sentence in Subarnachar gang rape case
A Noakhali court sentenced 10 people to death including six others to life term imprisonment in a case over raping a woman in Subarnachar upazila in 2019. The judge of Noakhali Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-2, Fatema Ferdous, has delivered the judgment today (Feb 5). The court also fined the accused Tk 50,000 each. If they fail to fulfill the fine, they would have to stay in jail for two more years. 15 accused were present in court at the time of pronouncement of verdict and one accused was absconding. The assaulted woman alleged that the attack and rape happened because she did not vote for their preferred symbol. The incident was widely discussed at home and abroad.  
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HC rule to compensate, rehabilitate children victims of rape
The High Court has issued rule asking why not order would be given to compensate and rehabilitate the children who are victims of rape. The High Court bench of Justice Md. Mojibur Rahman Mian and Justice Md. Kamrul Hossain Mollah issued the rule on Wednesday. The rule also wanted to know why not order would be given to the government to formulate a regulation to compensate the children who are victims of rape whether the case is proved or not. Barrister Abdul Halim took part in the hearing for the writ petitioner. Advocate Isharat Hasan and Advocate Shayla Jahan accompanied him. The rule asked 15 persons including Home Secretary, Women and Children Affairs Secretary to answer within seven days. An organization named ‘Children Charity Foundation’ filed the writ with the High Court on January 2 attaching three incidents of rape published in the mass media in different times. Lawyer Abdul Halim said, 97 per cent accused in rape case are acquitted. Is that mean 97 per cent incidents of rape did not happen? The reason of acquittal is that the state fails to present proper evidences. Then why victims will be responsible? They have self dignity. Education of the children has been damaged. These children cannot go to schools. Then where they would go? Here comes the matter of responsibility of the state. There are regulations across the world to compensate the rape victims. We have submitted the example that Indian Supreme Court ordered to compensate a rape victim by paying 10 lakh rupees. AH      
HC seeks names of money launderers with dual nationality
The High Court today sought a list of Bangladeshi nationals suspected of money laundering with dual nationality and passports. A virtual High Court division bench comprising Justice Mohammad Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Ahmed Sohail passed the order on Monday. Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik told BSS that the Special Superintendent of Police (Immigration) has been directed to submit the list by February 28 next year. Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan who represented the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in the virtual court said that ACC sought an order from the court seeking a list Bangladeshi nationals with double citizenship and passports holders involved in money laundering. Earlier, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen at a press conference on November 18 spoke about money laundering abroad. Based on his speech, reports were published in various media on the issue. Taking those reports into cognizance, the court issued the rule on November 22 and issued the order after hearing suo moto. In the rule, the court wanted to know why the inaction of the defendants would not be declared illegal to take appropriate action as per the law against government officials and businessmen involved in money laundering. ACC Chairman, Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Bangladesh Bank, Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit, NBR Chairman and Dhaka Deputy Commissioner were asked to respond to the rule and submit all kinds of information including names and addresses of money launderers abroad. On December 17, five agencies, including the ACC, placed information about money laundering before the court. On the same day, the court again ordered more details about the money launderers. The court today, sought a list of Bangladeshi nationals who have dual citizenship and passports and have amassed wealth abroad through money laundering. Source: BSS AH
HC calls money launderers ‘enemies of state’, seeks info on them
The High Court on Sunday sought information on money launderers it termed as “national traitors” and “enemies of the state” who should be brought to book. It issued a rule asking the government to explain why the ineffectiveness of government institutions concerned to prevent money laundering should not be declared illegal. The bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Ahmed Sohel issued the suo–mote rule after noticing the comment of the Foreign Minister published in different newspapers. It also ordered the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Bangladesh Bank governor and National Board of Revenue (NBR) chairman to submit the list of those involved in money laundering with their names and identification to the court within December 17. Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik represented the state while Advocate Khurshid Alam stood for the ACC. On November 18, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said government officials are involved in siphoning-off money. “I thought that the number of the politicians (involved in money laundering) would be higher but [according to] the report I received … many government officials have houses in foreign countries and their children are studying there. I’ve received 28 cases and among them four are politicians while some are RMG businessmen. We’re trying to collect more information,” he said at a programme at the Dhaka Reporters Unity. A number of newspapers carried the minister’s remarks. A report of the Global Financial Integrity (GFI) in March said that  Bangladesh lost Tk 63,924 crore ($7.53 billion) a year between 2008 and 2017 to trade misinvoicing. According to Swiss National Bank's (SNB) annual report for 2019, deposit of money by Bangladeshis and enterprises went down by 2.38 percent to 603 million Swiss Francs (CHF) in 2019 from 617 million CHF in the previous year. Bangladesh is gearing up for a crackdown on black money. The government is reportedly planning to sign taxation agreements with as many as 12 countries for allowing exchange of information in order to bring back black money stashed abroad. In the latest budget, the government introduced a scope to whiten black money. Source: UNB AH
Accused Majnu gets life term in DU student rape case
The court has delivered verdict of life term imprisonment for the accused Majnu in connection with raping a female student of Dhaka University at Kurmitola in the capital. The verdict was delivered within 13 work days of hearing. On Thursday Judge of the Dhaka women and children repression prevention tribunal-7 Begum Mosammat Kamrunnahar delivered the verdict at around 3 pm. State lawyer Afroza Farhana Ahmed Orange said, the allegation of rape has been proved against the lone accused Majnu. Besides, he gave confessional statement before the court. We are satisfied regarding the life term imprisonment verdict. On the other hand, Majnu’s lawyer Rabiul Islam said that they are not willing to make any comment but they will go to the appellate division. Judge of the tribunal Begum Mosammat Kamrunnahar fixed the date for delivering verdict on November 19 after completion of arguments presentation of the both sides on November 12. Mentionable, on January 5 at around 5:30 pm the DU student got on a bus and reached at the Kurmitola bus stand at around 7 pm. Later an unknown person forcefully took her behind the road and physically assaulted her and raped her. In this connection victim’s father filed a case. General students of Dhaka University came down to the streets demanding punishment of the accused. Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Majnu within 72 hours according to the source of selling the victim’s mobile phone. AH      
NSU student Payel murder: 3 sentenced to death
A Dhaka court on Sunday sentenced three men to death for killing North South University student Saidur Rahman Payel.   Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 Judge Abu Zafar Mohammad Kamruzzaman handed down the verdict in presence of the convicts.   The convicts are -- ‘Hanif Paribahan’ bus driver Jamal Hossain, his assistant Foysal Hossain and supervisor Md Jony.   Fifth semester NSU student Payel, son of Golam Mawla of Halishahar in Chattogram, was found dead in a canal at Bhaterchar in Gazaria upazila of Munshiganj on July 23, 2018.   A case was filed against three people, the driver, helper and supervisor of ‘Hanif Paribahan’ bus, at Gazaria Police Station the next day.   Jony, the supervisor, confessed to his involvement in the killing after his arrest from Motijheel. Police later arrested bus driver Jamal and helper Faisal from Arambagh in the capital.   On April 2 last year, a tribunal framed charges against the trio and finished hearing arguments on October 4.   On July 25, 2018, Jony gave a detailed account of the murder. He told the court that the Dhaka-bound bus from Chattogram was stuck in a tailback at Bahterchar on Dhaka-Chattogram Highway in the early hours of July 22, 2018.   At that time, Payel got down from the bus to respond to the call of nature. As the bus started moving when the traffic jam eased, Payel started running to catch the bus.   The driver eventually stopped the bus but Payel’s head was smashed after it got stuck in the gate and he fell onto the road. He was unconscious and bleeding from his mouth and nose.   Later, the supervisor informed the bus driver about the situation. After a brief discussion, the trio threw Payel into the canal from a nearby bridge around 4:30am while he was still breathing.   Other passengers on the bus were asleep at the time of the incident.   The autopsy report said Payel drowned after being thrown into the canal. Source: UNB AH
Assaulting Navy officer: Irfan, his bodyguard on 3-day remand
Irfan Selim, the suspended Councilor of Ward 30 under Dhaka South City Corporation, and his bodyguard Zahid were remanded in police custody for three days on Wednesday in a case filed over the assault on a Navy officer. Additional Metropolitan Magistrate Asaduzzaman Nur passed the order when police produced them before the court and sought seven days to interrogate them. Lieutenant Wasif Ahmed Khan of Bangladesh Navy filed the case at Dhanmondi Police Station naming four people. Apart from Haji Selim’s son Irfan and Zahid, the other accused are -- AB Siddique Dipu, 45, and Md Mizanur Rahman, 30. All four are now behind bars. According to the case statement, a car hit Wasif's motorcycle near Labaid Hospital at Dhanmondi around 7:45pm on Sunday when he and his wife were returning to their Mohammadpur residence from Nilkhet. Some people came out of the car and physically assaulted the navy official and verbally abused his wife. RAB arrested Irfan from his father Haji Selim’s residence on Devdas Lane in Old Dhaka on Monday afternoon. Two firearms, 38 walkie-talkies and liquor were seized from Irfan’s house during the drive. Later, a RAB mobile court sentenced Irfan and Zahid to one year in jail for possessing illegal walkie-talkies and drinking liquor. RAB said they were given six-month jail each for drinking liquor and another six months for the illegal possession of walkie-talkies. Meanwhile, the government suspended Irfan from the post of councilor on Tuesday. On Wednesday, four separate cases were filed at Chawkbazar Police Station against Irfan and Zahid for possessing firearms and drugs. Source: UNB AH