— Thousands of Dhaka University students have come out on the streets. Peaceful protest has brought the campus to halt, E-Bangladesh correspondents on the ground report.
— Unconfirmed reports from sources close to the Bangladesh Home Ministry: Convicted teachers will get presidential pardon in the evening. Related file is now on the desk of President Iajuddin Ahmed for his signature.
[Prisoners of Conscience]
[Professors Sadrul Amin, Anwar Hossain, Harun-or-Rashid.]
[An E-Bangladesh report.]
BDNEWS24 is reporting,
Three DU teachers jailed for two years, one acquitted
A Dhaka court Tuesday sentenced three Dhaka University teachers to two years’ imprisonment. One DU teacher and 15 students were cleared of the charges. The convicted teachers are Dhaka University Teachers Association president Professor Sadrul Amin, general secretary Professor Anwar Hossain and social sciences faculty dean Professor Harun-or-Rashid. The court acquitted applied physics and electronics department chairman Professor Nimchandra Bhowmik.
After the verdict, Prof Anwar Hossain told reporters that the judgement went against the “conscience of the nation.” Additional chief metropolitan magistrate M Golam Rabbani took only one minute to read out the summary of the 36-page verdict. The four teachers of Dhaka University were taken to court at 10:40 AM amid tight security.
Prof Akhteruzzaman, former general secretary of DUTA, said: “Everything was stage-managed. Our protests will continue.” In an instant reaction, defence counsel Adv Masud Talukder, said: “It’s a mysterious judgement. There were no lawyers for the state in court.” Additional public prosecutor Kabir Hossain said: “The teachers had violated emergency rule. In the trial procedure, there was no intervention by the government as the judiciary is free.”
E-Bangladesh has received an email from Sanjeeb Hossain, son of Professor Anwar Hossain, Prisoner of Conscience at the hands of the military government in Bangladesh. Sanjeeb Hossain carries a message that his father wants the world to know.
In 1976, Brigadier Yusuf Haider, Chairman of the Special Tribunal that tried Colonel Taher and others failed to come out of the evil axis of the DGFI. Colonel Taher in his historic testimony pointed this out by saying that the verdict of the case was already decided and people like Yusuf Haider were merely pawns following others orders.
It is shame that history has repeated itself again in 2008. The Judge Golam Rabbani failed to come out of DGFI’s evil axis. And yet again, this was pointed out by my father in his historic court testimony. He stated that the verdict of the case was already written from the DGFI headquarters. What a shame for this country.
My father has told me to convey the following message to everyone:
“This verdict is not directed against the teachers… it is directed against the Dhaka University as an institution… it is directed against the conscience of our country… I will not come out of jail unless and until all students of the Dhaka University are released from prison. Come what may.”