Background - Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is on trial for sedition in Bangladesh for protesting Islamist excesses. The trial has dragged on for several years...
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury:NEWS ABOUT TODAY'S COURT PROCEEDINGS
As my friends and supporters are aware, today, 8th of MARCH was the date fixed for hearing the witnesses. Today, again, 5 of the witnesses showed up in the court for testifying. Although there are 16 witnesses in the case, the judge can even give a verdict after hearing fifty percent of the total number of witnesses. So, it was a real risk to let the trial proceed. Although my chief counsel Advocate Samarendra Nath Goswami was prepared to let the witnesses begin testifying, some of my very good and real friends (sorry for not being able to name them here) asked me, what should be my own decision at this point. I asked my lawyers, since the petition of quashment (leave to appeal) is pending with the Appellate Division and scheduled for hearing on the 28th of March, could we submit an application with the trial court to postpone the proceedings, as the matter is pending with the higher judiciary. Then my lawyers did it accordingly, and the proceedings in testifying the witnesses did not take place. Now, at least I have a breathing time. Now, I have to hire some heavy-weight lawyer for appearing for me in the Appellate Division as well as I should find a strong lawyer to defend me in the trial court as well. According to my mentioned friends, the most priority of the moment is to find out legal ways, so that the trial does not proceed. Moreover, they want this matter to be handled by some real heavy-weight lawyers, even if it requires handsome amount of money. And, I fully agree to that suggestion (at least this is the only way left for me). Now, I shall have to get prepared for hiring the lawyers, and I shall do that. No doubt, brother Goswami shall also remain in the panel of my lawyers.
Meanwhile, there is some extremely positive news from the present interim government. They arrested one of the infamous radical leaders named Mufti Izharul Islam. I am personally happy to note that finally they are also fighting the Islamofascists.
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