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Former Bangladeshi Army Chief Sued in a Defamation Suit


Former army chief General (retd) Moeen U Ahmed, who wielded immense power backing up the immediate-past interim regime, was Sunday sued by an ex-minister in a Tk 100-crore defamation case.


Taking cognizance of the complaint, a district court of Dhaka issued a show-cause notice asking General Moeen to explain within next three weeks why his property situated at house no. 106 in northern road of Baridhara DOHS in Dhaka "should not be attached".

In the meantime, the immediate-past army chief, seen as the architect of the 1/11 changeover in 2007 amid a political crisis over election issues, is now on a visit to the United States, according to immigration sources.

In a further order the court imposed injunctions on sale and handover of Moeen's property at the DOHS during the intervening period.

Upon a petition filed by the plaintiff, former state minister for Power Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku, Judge SM Saiful Islam of the Third Joint District Judge's Court passed the order in the afternoon.

Earlier in the day, Tuku filed the defamation suit, claiming Tk 100 crore in damages, against the former army chief.

Former law minister and BNP leader Barrister Moudud Ahmed moved the case in the court on behalf of the plaintiff in the morning for "derogatory comments" made against Tuku by Gen Moeen in March 2007. The plaintiff alleged that the former army chief had said that Tk 20,000 crore was misappropriated or smuggled abroad from the power sector during the BNP-led four-party alliance government.

He said that Gen Moeen had made the remark at a reception for the freedom fighters at the National Parade Square on March 27, 2007, when crackdown on the political arena was on stream and many high-profile persons, including top politicians, were being rounded up.

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