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Bangladesh Court Says 1975 Takeover Illegal, SC Stays HC Ruling


Bangladesh's High Court has declared the 1975 military takeover that killed the country's first president, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, illegal.

The court ruled Monday that the governments that followed the takeover until April, 1979 were also illegal, as was the fifth amendment to Bangladesh's constitution which ratified the martial law actions.

The court said Khandkar Mostaque Ahmed's assumption of the office of president on August 15th, 1975, was done without lawful authority. The court issued the declaration in response to a petition over an abandoned property dispute in Dhaka stemming from the time of the military takeover.

However, late Monday night Attorney General Mohammad Ali filed a leave to appeal to Judge Amirul Kabir, who stayed the High Court ruling. Supreme Court will hear the matter on Wednesday. Amir Khasru has more on the story.

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