Bangladesh: Odhikar Secretary arrestedEvent
- Initial Date
- Aug 10, 2013
- Event Description
On 10 August 2013 Adilur Rahman Khan was arrested at his Gulshan Residence in Dhaka by approximately 10 unidentified men claiming themselves to be from the Detective Branch of Police. On 13 August 2013, Adilur Rahman Khan was sent to Kashimpur Jail-1 by the Chief Metropolitan Magistrates Court by the order of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, which on 12 August, ruled that his 5-day remand was violative of the law and judicial precedence. Mr. Khan is reported to have been arrested under Section 57 of the ICT Act and Sections 505 (c) and 505A of the Penal Code, in relation to Odhikar's report accused of publishing false information about violence by Government forces during demonstrations in May by the Islamist movement, Hefazat-e-Islami. The bail petition filed by Mr. Khan's lawyer has been rejected three times, twice by the Cyber Crimes Tribunal in Dhaka on 9 and 25 September 2013, and once by the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court on 11 August 2013. On 14 August 2013, a Joint Urgent Appeal was sent to Bangladesh by the Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association; the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. On 8 October 2013, the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh granted a six-month interim bail to Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan. On 11 October 2013, at 10.30 am, Mr. Khan was released on bail from Kashimpur Jail number 1. UPDATE: On 21 January 2014, the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, through an Order stayed, for three months, the proceedings in the Cyber Crimes Tribunal against Adilur Rahman Khan and ASM Nasiruddin Elan. On 15 April, the stay was extended for a further period of six months. In the meantime, the Attorney General's Office has prepared a Petition, numbered 165 of 2014, challenging the Stay Order of the High Court Division. This will come up in the Court of the Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division, for hearing at any time in the near future.
- Impact of Event
- (Arbitrary) Arrest and Detention
- Event Location