SC extends stay on Shakila’s bail

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Shakila Farzana, Supreme Court lawyer

Shakila Farzana. — UNB photo

The Appellate Division on Monday extended until March 20 its stay on High Court order that granted bail to lawyer Shakila Farzana in two cases relating to terror financing.
A five-member bench headed by the chief justice, SK Sinha, passed the order following a government appeal.
Earlier on February 23, chamber judge Hasan Foez Siddique stayed until February 29 the High Court order and fixed today for a full court hearing of the government’s appeal opposing Shakila’s bail.
A High Court bench comprising of justice Farid Ahmed and justice AKM Zahirul Hoque on February 22 granted bail to Supreme Court lawyer Shakila Farzana until framing of charges against her.
On August 18, 2015, the Rapid Action Battalion arrested three lawyers, including Shakila and Hasanuzzaman Liton and Mahfuz Chowdhury Bapon at Dhanmondi in the capital on charge of financing Chittagong based militant outfit Shaheed Hamza Brigade.
RAB alleged that out of Tk 1.38 core collected for the militant outfit Tk 1.08 crore was provided to it by the three lawyers.
Shakila Farzana, 39, practices lawyer at the High Court Division of the Supreme Court. She is joint general secretary of the Supreme Court chapter of Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum.
She is the daughter of Syed Wahidul Alam, a former whip of parliament and BNP MP from Chittagong.
Shakila is a member of the Supreme Court Bar Association as well as Dhaka District Bar Association.
Liton practices law at the Supreme Court while Bapon at the District Judge’s Court.

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