UK Lawyer For Bangladesh Cafe Survivor Demands His Release

UK lawyer for Bangladesh cafe survivor demands his release

DHAKA, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 28th july,2016) - A British lawyer for an engineer detained for nearly a month after surviving a deadly siege at a Dhaka cafe has slammed authorities for refusing his client access to legal representation. Police seized Hasnat Karim for questioning after the July 1 attack on the Western-style cafe by Islamist militants that left 20 hostages and two police officers dead. Relatives said Karim, who holds dual Bangladesh and British nationality, was used as a human shield by the Islamists during the attack after going to the cafe with his wife to celebrate his daughter's birthday.

His lawyer Rodney Dixon, speaking from London, said the 47-year-old was being held at a secret location in Bangladesh and was being interrogated without a lawyer present. "He cannot be kept incommunicado in detention. He must have access to his lawyers while he is being questioned," Dixon told AFP late on Wednesday.