Daily Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman on Tuesday expressed frustration at the denial of visa he sought for treatment in the UK by the British high commission.
He called him ‘the most repressed person in the country’, saying that the state has snatched away all his five fundamental rights as enshrined in the constitution.
“There’s is no one second to me, who is so deprived of fundamental rights… Now this [rejection of visa] means I’ll not be entitled to the right to access to treatment [in the UK],” he told a press briefing at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity.
Writer Farhad Mazhar, BNP chairperson’s adviser Shaukat Mahmood and journalist leaders Ruhul Amin Gazi and Syed Abdal Ahmed were present there.
Mahmudur Rahman, who has been released on bail recently, mentioned that he has spent in jail five of the eight years of the reign of the current regime.
He alleged that he had faced inhuman torture during the police remand. “This is contradictory to the constitution.”
He said his rights were restricted by the Supreme Court’s bail order as, he pointed out, the court mentioned only the name of the United Kingdom when it returned his passport for his treatment.
“Our passport reads that this is applicable for all countries except Israel. But the court order specifies only the UK,” he said.
After the rejection of visa application by the UK government, he has no other option than taking treatment at home. Mahmudur said he was admitted to the hospital after coming out of the jail and the doctors advised him to undergo surgery abroad.
Mahmudur, a former energy adviser to the BNP-led government, expressed his views that the court also limited his rights as a citizen by restricting him from attending political activities or meeting while in the UK.
The British high commission in Dhaka rejected his visa application, showing justification that the UK government thinks he may not come back home if he is granted visa, said the former executive chairman of the Board of Investment.
Mahmudur claimed that the UK government denied him the visa since he is “in favour of Muslims and Islam in Bangladesh”.