A Dhaka court heard a bail petition for Prothom Alo’s senior reporter Rozina Islam in a case filed under the Official Secrets Act.
After a long hearing, Metropolitan Magistrate Md Baki Billah said that he will pass an order after evaluating all relevant documents.Rozina Islam was represented by Ehsanul Haque Shomaji, Ashraful Alam, Prashanta Karmakar and Aminul Gani.
Also in attendance were Jyotirmoy Barua, Mashiur Rahman from the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust and Ain o Salish Kendro’s Md Abdur Rashid.
The 42-year-old known for her investigative journalism was detained at the Secretariat for over five hours before being handed over to police on May 17.
She allegedly clicked photos of documents related to government negotiations with pharma firms to buy Covid-19 vaccines, according to case documents.
An FIR was filed against Rozina under the Official Secrets Act and sections 379 and 411 of The Penal Code on a complaint filed by the Health Services Division at Shahbagh police station.
Later, a Dhaka court, on May 18, sent Rozina to jail after rejecting the police's demand for her five-day remand. Rozina was taken to Kashimpur Central Women's Jail on that day only.The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has formed a three-member probe committee to look into the allegations of the journalist's detention at the Secretariat and also her subsequent handover to the police.
Meanwhile, the case filed against Rozina was transferred to the Detective Branch of police on Wednesday.