A Chattogram court on Tuesday ordered for framing of charges against 33 people, including pro-BNP lawyer Shakila Farzana for her alleged involvement in terror financing, in two cases filed under Anti Terrorism Act.
Anti-Terrorism Tribunal Judge Abdul Halim passed the order to initiate the trial proceedings of the case filed over three years ago.The court also issued an arrest warrant against Shakila as she did not attend the hearing in the court.
Barrister Shakila is the joint secretary of the pro-BNP Nationalist Lawyers
Forum and the daughter of late BNP leader Wahidul Alam.
"The court ordered for framing the charges against the 33 accused in the case filed with the Hathazari Police Station and the 28 accused with Bashkhali Police Station. The 28 accused in the Bashkhali case are also charged in the Hathazari case," said Monoranjan Das, lawyer for the state at the tribunal, told.
But the lawyer could not confirm when the testimonies will be recorded in the case.
In absence of Shakila, her lawyer Abdus Sattar said, "She is currently abroad for treatment. We applied for a time extension but the court rejected the plea and issued an arrest warrant."Earlier on Feb 19, 2015, members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested 12 suspected militants from Hathazari .
Just two days after the incident, a militant camp was discovered in the hilly terrain of Banshkhali from where five more suspects were arrested.