The ICJ calls on the Dhaka Central Jail authority to immediately process an order for bail issued for the release of Adilur Rahman Khan.
The six-month bail was ordered by the High Court of Bangladesh on 8 October 2013.
The Attorney General filed an application seeking a stay on the bail order, which was denied by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh on 9 October 2013.
The bail order was signed by the required Sessions Judge and delivered to the Dhaka Central Jail in the late afternoon on 9 October 2013.
Over 24 hours later, Adilur Rahman Khan still remains in custody in the Kashimpur Jail.
“The bail order must be carried out expeditiously without undue delay or other obstruction, including by the Executive. To do so would undermine the independence of the judiciary and constitute arbitrary detention,” said Ben Schonveld, ICJ South Asia Director.
It has been two months to the day that Adilur Rahman Khan was arbitrarily detained for the lawful exercise of the right to freedom of expression, the ICJ recalls.
Under international law, notably Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Bangladesh is a party, everyone has a right to liberty and security of person.
Any detention or deprivation of liberty must be in accordance with procedures established by law.
The ICJ calls on the jail authorities to uphold the order of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and immediately release Adilur Rahman Khan on bail.
Sheila Varadan, ICJ Legal Advisor, South Asia Programme (Bangkok), t: +66 857200723; email: sheila.varadan(a)icj.org