The medical board — of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) — formed for physical check-up of cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore, who suffered in custody from May 2 to May 4 last year, did not find any signs of torture.
The three-member medical board on March 20 this year submitted a report to the Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court of Dhaka after Kishore’s check-up following a court direction, sources at the court said today.
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According to the report, physical examination of Kishore reveals “nothing out of the order”.
For further evaluation and confirmation, it needs some investigation, the board said in their report.
Earlier, on March 14 this year, the same court asked the director of the DMCH to form a three-member medical board to examine the torture that Kishore said he suffered in custody from May 2 to May 4 last year.
On March 16, the authorities of DMCH formed the medical board with Prof Dr Sheikh Nurul Fattah Rumi of ENT department, Prof Md Hafiz Sardar of Medicine department and Assistant Prof Fakhrul Amin Khan of Orthopedic department.
On March 10 this year, Kishore filed a case under the Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention) Act-2013, seeking redress.
He did not mention the name of any law enforcement agency or officials, instead choosing to file charges against a group of unidentified people. The judge also took the case into cognisance and recorded his statement that day.
Kishore, who was prosecuted under the controversial Digital Security Act, languished in jail for around 10 months. He got out on bail on March 4.
After his release, he revealed to the media how he was brutally tortured before he was shown arrested on paper in the case.