Dhaka – A Bangladeshi court has began trial against Tarique Rahman, the son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, and three others in a sedition case, officials said on Monday.
Tarique, also the senior vice chairman of her mother’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party, has been exiled to London for more than eight years as he faced a number of cases related to graft, money laundering and violence.
Judge Kamrul Hossain Mollah of the Sessions Judge’s Court in Dhaka framed charges against Tarique, former chairman of Ekushey Television Abdus Salam, Mahathir Farooki Khan and Kanak Sarwar for broadcasting “provocative” speech by Tarique through the ETV in early 2015.
Abdus Salam has been granted bail in the case while Mahathir Farooki Khan and Kanak Sarwar had gone into hiding after they secured bail in the case.
The court, which issued arrest warrant for Tarique, Farook and Kanak in October, set the date for first hearing in the case for January 15, 2018, according to a lawyer.
Officers, after more than a year of investigation into the case filed in January 2015, pressed charges against the four in September last year. They were accused of broadcasting a “false, fabricated, and provocative” speech given by Tarique from London.