Thursday, 13 October 2011

Beheading in KSA: HC asks Govt to report in 8 weeks

The High Court on Wednesday wanted to know what steps the government took to protect lives of eightBangladeshi citizens who were beheaded in Saudi Arabia on Friday.

The Court directed the governmentto form two high powered committees that would investigate the matter andsubmit reports before it within eight weeks.

Foreign and Employment Secretarieswere asked to comply with the order.
At the same time, the HC alsoissued a rule upon the government to explain within four weeks as to why itsinaction and failures to protect their lives would not be declared illegal.

Foreign Secretary, EmploymentSecretary, Foreign Ministry's Director on Middle East Affairs, BangladeshiAmbassador and Labour Counsellor in Soudi Arabia were made respondents in therule. A bench of the HC also asked to submit a report within four weeks on whatsteps the Bangladeshi Ambassador in Sudi Arabia took to protect the lives ofthe victims.

The HC bench comprising JusticeFarid Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif passed the order following a publicinterest litigation filed by Advocate Manzill Murshid on behalf a human rightsbody. Manzill himself moved the petition in the court.

The court also wanted to knowthat as to why its directions would not be given to provide adequate legalsupport and assistance to all Bangladeshi citizens  living abroad.

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