Immigration police barred Shafik Rehman from UK flight

MNA Editorial Desk: The immigration police at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport barred journalist Shafik Rehman from going UK on Thursday.

Shafik Rehman, who is also a British citizen, said he was barred from boarding a flight from Dhaka to London, where his wife is receiving treatment for leukaemia.

An immigration official of the airport confirmed the incident and said Shafik Rehman failed to catch the flight on time as they took time to scrutinize his travel documents.

Earlier, on 16 April 2016, detective branch (DB) of police arrested Shafik Rehman, for sedition. Shafik Rehman is currently on bail in a case filed for an alleged attempt to abduct and murder prime minister’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy in the United States.

‘The police asked to see the high court order which I have already submitted to a lower court. I showed them the order’s photocopy but they said they were not advised about any clearance about my flight,’ Rehman told news agency.

‘It’s very unjust. I’m not accusing anybody, but feeling very disappointed. My wife is dying out there and she needs me beside her more than ever.’

‘He will be able to catch the next flight once we are done with the procedure,’ a senior police official said on condition of anonymity.

Shafik Rehman’s wife, Taleya Rehamn, is suffering from blood cancer. She has been admitted to London’s Mac Milan Cancer Hospital since January.

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