Nagorik Oikya Convenor Manna freed on bail on sedition charges

Nagorik Oikya Convenor Manna freed on bail on sedition charges

Nagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna has been released from jail on bail on Sunday nearly 22 months after his arrest on sedition charges.


Senior jail super of the Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj, Jahangir Kabir told Manna walked out of jail around 6:45 pm after the bail order had reached the jail.


On November 28 last, the Supreme Court upheld a High Court order that granted bail to the Nagarik Oikya convener in two cases.


Manna was picked up by law enforcers from Baridhara in the city on February 24, 2015 after two audio clips of his telephone conversations with BNP leader Sadeque Hossain Khoka and another unidentified man were leaked.


They were heard discussing plans to engineer clashes at Dhaka University and incite the army to destabilise the government.


In the conversation with the unidentified person, Manna, the former vice president (VP) of the Dhaka University Central Student Union (DUCSU), told Khoka that a few deaths could destabilise the government if a clash over occupying the university dormitories could be engineered.


He also expressed his eagerness to sit with generals for a military intervention in another telephone conversations with an unidentified man.


Manna had made headlines for warning of military takeover during the deadly protests by the BNP-led alliance in the first three months of 2015 and had been insisting for a national dialogue to resolve the crisis.


After his detention two cases were filed against him with Gulshan Police Station on February 24 and March 5 last year on charges of provoking the army and sedition.


Police started a case charging Manna for inciting a military takeover and then initiated another case on sedition charges over the leaked audios.


He was denied bail in the trial court, upon which he had moved the High Court that granted him bail in the two cases.


The State moved Supreme Court against the High Court bail orders by seeking permission to appeal against them.