Saturday, April 18, 2009

Former minister Aminul seeks review of cases

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Former post and telecommunications minister Aminul Haque, through his attorney, applied to the deputy commissioner's office of Rajshahi for review of all 13 cases filed against him during the last caretaker government.

Enamul Haque, a High Court practitioner, came to Rajshahi and submitted an application to the deputy commissioner's office on Thursday afternoon in this regard.

The application also appealed to withdraw six other cases against Aminul three in Dhaka and three in Naogaon.

In the application the attorney termed the cases against Aminul 'false and politically motivated' and those were filed to harass him and tarnish his image.

"We submitted the application as a government circular said it would allow applications for review of the false political cases," said Ashrafuzzaman Mollik, a lawyer of Aminul in Rajshahi.

Aminul, a minister of the BNP-Jamaat-led alliance, went into hiding the moment the caretaker government took over and now he is staying abroad, one of his close aides said.

Aminul allegedly patronised Islamist militants by using local police and district administrations in Rajshahi during 2004-05.

JMB operation commander Bangla Bhai before his execution disclosed Aminul's name as one of the patrons of Islamist militancy and later Aminul was jailed for 31 and a half years.

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