Mahmudur gets bail

Staff Correspondent

The Appellate Division on Sunday upheld a High Court order that had granted bail to acting Amardesh editor Mahmudur Rahman in a sedition case filed for publishing Skype conversations between an International Crimes Tribunal judge and a Brussels-based lawyer.
A five-member bench chaired by chief justice SK Sinha dismissed the government appeal against the High Court order passed on January 21 granting bail to Mahmudur.
In the afternoon, metropolitan magistrate Pranab Kumar withdrew a warrant the court had issued asking the prison authorities to produce Mahmudur before the court in a defamation case filed against him in 2009 by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission for publishing two reports captioned ‘India controls BTRC.’
Withdrawal of the warrant paved the way for Mahmudur’s release from jail, as he had already secured in all other cases against him, his lawyer Masud Ahmed Talukder said.
With the latest one, Mahmudur was granted bail in 15 cases since he landed in Kashimpur jail part 2, said an official of the jail.
Masud Ahmed said that Mahmudur was implicated in 78 cases between 2009 and 2013. Mahmudur was either granted bail or got the proceedings stayed by the High Court in other cases, Masud said.
Mahmudur’s lawyer former attorney general AJ Mohammad Ali argued that he had been detained in jail for about three years while no charge was pressed yet against him in the case filed for publishing the Skype conversations.
On April 11, 2013, Mahmudur was arrested on charge of sedition for publishing the Skype conversation between the then International Crimes Tribunal-1 chairman Justice Md Nizamul Haq and Brussels-based Bangladeshi expatriate lawyer Ahmed Ziauddin in December 2012.
On August 13, 2015, Mahmudur was jailed for three years for his failure to submit his wealth statement to the Anti-Corruption Commission by the deadline set by the commission while he was behind the bars.

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