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Bangladesh appeals courtroom grants bail to Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus in labour case

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FIle photograph of Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus.
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An appeals courtroom in Bangladesh on January 28 granted bail to Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, who had been sentenced earlier to 6 months in jail for violating the nation’s labour legal guidelines. The courtroom additionally agreed to listen to an enchantment towards his sentencing.

Mr. Yunus who pioneered the usage of microcredit to assist impoverished folks, particularly girls, filed the enchantment looking for bail on Sunday morning earlier than it was granted. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in 2006.

The 83-year-old economist and three different officers of the telecommunications firm have been sentenced to 6 months in jail on January 1, however they have been instantly granted 30 days of bail to enchantment the decision and sentence.

Sunday’s courtroom determination mentioned the bail would stay efficient till a last determination is made on the enchantment for the sentencing.

Defence lawyer Abdullah Al Mamun mentioned the primary listening to on the enchantment can be held on March 3.

The case includes Grameen Telecom, which Mr. Yunus based as a non-profit organisation.

Mr. Yunus’ supporters mentioned the case is politically motivated, a cost that the federal government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who was elected for a fourth consecutive time period earlier this month, has denied.

In the unique verdict, the choose mentioned Yunus’ firm violated Bangladeshi labor legal guidelines. At least 67 Grameen Telecom staff have been alleged to be made everlasting workers however weren’t, and a “welfare fund” to help the workers in circumstances of emergency or particular wants was by no means fashioned.

The choose additionally mentioned that based on firm coverage 5 per cent of Grameen’s dividends have been alleged to have been distributed to workers however weren’t.

The choose discovered Mr. Yunus, the chairman of the corporate, and the three different firm administrators responsible, and fined every 30,000 takas, or USD 260, whereas additionally sentencing every to jail.

Mr. Yunus mentioned after the unique verdict that he was harmless.

“We are being punished for a crime we did not commit. It was my fate, the nation’s fate. We have accepted this verdict, but will appeal this verdict and continue fighting against this sentence,” he advised reporters after the decision was introduced on January 1.

Grameen Telecom owns 34.2 per cent of the nation’s largest cell phone firm, Grameenphone, a subsidiary of Norway’s telecom big Telenor.

Mr. Yunus is understood to have shut connections with political elites within the West, particularly within the United States, Europe and elsewhere.

He faces numerous different fees involving alleged corruption and embezzlement.

Mr. Yunus’ supporters say he has been focused due to his frosty relations with Hasina. (AP) PY PY

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