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>IN a landmark judgment today, the Bangladesh High Court has ruled that bringing an extortion case filed against former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina under Emergency Power Rules (EPR) is unlawful and quashed the case.
It ruled that emergency laws could not apply to alleged crimes which took place years before the military-backed government seized power, sending difficult questions for the the military-backed caretaker government which is dealing with scores of such other cases in the same manner.

Hasina’s party Awami League has said justice has won over injustice with the verdict.
“It has been proved once again that justice prevails over injustice and truth wins over falsity. It has been unanimously established that Sheikh Hasina is completely innocent,” Zillur Rahman, who is at the helm of the party since Hasina was arrested last July, said in an instant reaction to the verdict.
Hasina’s counsels said the judgment is not only their victory but also of the rule of law.
The state side, however, challenged the legality of the judgment with the Supreme Court (SC) two hours into delivery of the verdict.
Attorney General Fida M Kamal and Additional Attorney General Salahuddin Ahmed moved with the petition in the Chamber Judge’s Court, seeking stay on it.
However, the judge refrained from passing any order and forwarded the matter for hearing in the full bench of the SC tomorrow.
(Read The Daily Star article)
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