AD upholds bail to Buddhist accused of joining meeting to free Sayedee

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:38, May 05,2021


The Appellate Division on Tuesday upheld the bail that have recently been granted by the High Court to Rubel Barua, a Buddhist, who was among the 7 people accused of holding a secret meeting with a son of war crime convict and Islamist preacher Delwar Hossain Sayedee to free his father from jail.

A six-judge bench chaired by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain dismissed a government’s appeal after hearing debate from the sides of the prosecution and the defence counsel.

Rubel Barua’s lawyer Selina Akhter Chowdhury told the court that it was unbelievable that a Buddhist could held a meeting to free war criminal Sayedee as the Rapid Action Battalion alleged in a case it filed against seven people.

She submitted that RAB arrested Rubel Barua of Lohagara at Mohammadpur in Dhaka on May 12, 2020 although the alleged meeting was held at a house of Patiya upazila in Chattogram on April 1, 2020.

Deputy attorney general Samarendra Nath Biswas opposed the bail stating that Rubel Barua confessed to a magistrate that he had participated in the meeting to free Sayedee, who has been serving life sentence since September 17, 2014.

He said that Roky Barua, the main accused in the case, is now detained in jail.

He said that Rocky Barua was arrested while jumping off the third floor of a building after receiving information about the RAB operation.

Samarendra said that a foreign pistol and a bottle of liquor were seized during his arrest.

He said that RAB-7 in Chattogram arrested Rocky Barua and his associates for their alleged involvement in various fraudulent activities, including religious businesses.

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