Denied entry to Canada, UAE, Murad finally “coming back home” Sunday


Disgraced former State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Murad Hassan is reportedly coming back home on Sunday morning, having failed to enter Canada and the UAE.

An Emirates flight carrying Murad is expected to reach Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 8:20am, a source at the airport told UNB on Saturday night.

A family member of the former state minister said Murad reached Dubai airport from Canada around 10:30pm (BST).

As he has no valid visa to enter Dubai, he may return home, his relative said, requesting anonymity.

Dr Murad Hassan left the country for Canada in an Emirates flight around 1:20am on Thursday night.

According to Toronto-based Bangla news portal, Murad reached Toronto Pearson International Airport at 1.31am (Canadian time) on Friday.

Canadian immigration officials questioned the former Bangladeshi junior minister about various allegations, including harassing, humiliating and torturing women, against him in Bangladesh.

They also showed him various videos, photos and news on him, and wanted to know his version, the news portal said.

It said Murad was also asked about the reasons for leaving Bangladesh and coming to Canada, but he failed to give any “satisfactory answer”.

Murad was then flown back to Dubai in a return Emirates flight from the Canadian airport.

Asked about filing of a case against Murad under the Digital Security Act (DSA), Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told reporters at a progarmme in Dhaka on Saturday that the state is not aggrieved with him.

Addressing a programme of Nirapad Sarak Chai at the Jatiya Press Club, he, however, said if one is aggrieved with Murad he or she has the right to file a case against the former state minister.

On Tuesday, Murad Hassan quit the cabinet following the instruction of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for his offensive and indecent remarks on women.

Murad had been under increasing criticism by various quarters for his disrespectful remarks on women in an interview on social media. Several audios and videos containing indecent remarks by Murad Hassan also went viral on social media during the last few days.

Meanwhile, a two-year-old phone conversation of the junior minister with actor Mamnun Hasan Emon and actress Mahiya Mahi recently went viral on social media. In that audio clip, Murad made “derogatory comments” on the actress, threatened her and gave her an alleged indecent proposal.

On Wednesday, a writ was filed with the High Court challenging the legality of Murad Hassan’s MP post on the same ground.

Supreme Court Advocate Yunus Ali Akhand who filed the petition with the apex court also sought judicial investigation into the activities of Murad, also the MP of Jamalpur-4 constituency.

The HC bench of Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah is likely to hear the writ next week.

Murad was also relieved from the post of Health and Population Affairs Secretary of Jamalpur district unit Awami League for damaging the party’s image and for his involvement in anti-disciplinary activities.

Source: United News of Bangladesh