Court moves for fresh probe into Farhad abduction

10 January 2018 bdnews24.com



Columnist Farhad Mazhar's wife has moved a petition objecting to the police's investigation, which concluded no truth was found in the claim that her husband had been abducted.
She filed the plea on Monday with the court of a Dhaka sessions judge.
Her counsel Syed Zainul Abedin Mezbah told bdnews24.com the judge ordered the case documents, now with the court of Dhaka's chief metropolitan magistrate, to be presented before the court on Mar 22.
A staunch government critic, Farhad was found on a bus in Jessore while travelling from Khulna to Dhaka, 18 hours after he went missing from the capital on Jul 3.
His family alleged in a police complaint, which was later recorded as a case, that he was abducted after he had left home early in that morning.
On Nov 14, investigators filed their report with the court, where they said no truth was found in the claim that the columnist had been abducted and sought permission to prosecute the columnist's wife for filing a false report.
The final investigation report said the case initiated by Farida is fabricated and it was done in a bid to cover up the actual events.
On Dec 7, Farida filed a petition with a Dhaka metropolitan magistrate objecting to the police findings, but it was turned down.
On Monday, she moved a sessions judge's court against the investigation report and filed a revision petition where a fresh probe was sough into the matter.
Police, however, have charged Farhad and Farida with misleading investigators by providing false information.
They face a maximum of seven years in jail as well as financial penalties if found guilty.
The couple have been ordered to appear before a metropolitan magistrate on Jan 30.
Their counsel Mezbah, however, says the summons is invalid as a revision petition has been filed.

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