Monday, July 30, 2007

Hasina gets bail, freedom far off

Breaking News: BDNews24
The High Court Monday granted bail to Sheikh Hasina in an extortion case. But the chance for the detained former prime minister to get freedom from jail anytime soon is slim as the police Sunday showed her arrested in another extortion case. The High Court asked the government to take the extortion case off the reach of emergency powers rules. The court also asked the government to explain in two weeks why the inclusion of the case in the emergency powers rules would not be declared illegal. In instant reaction, Hasina's chief counsel barrister Rafique-ul-Huq told reporters: "Sheikh Hasina got justice. She will get justice in future too." The army-backed emergency government Sunday moved to scuttle the chance for Hasina to find a legal way out of prison, by showing her arrested in a case filed by businessman Noor Ali. Hasina's lawyers had earlier argued the emergency powers rules cannot cover the alleged incident that had taken place before the state of emergency was imposed in January. Updates with more details
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