Dhaka, Oct 8 (UNB) – BNP on Monday feared that the government is trying to influence the judge of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 to implement its blueprint by convicting party senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman and other party leaders in August-21 grenade attack cases.
“The way Tarique Rahman, our party’s some leaders and then some high officials were implicated in the August 21 cases, it’s tantamount to showing a shameless thumb to the judiciary, democracy and the country’s independence and sovereignty,” said BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed.
“Considering the overall situation, a strong doubt is created in our mind that the government is trying to influence the judge of August-21 cases bringing the examples of former Chief Justice SK Sinha and Judge Motahar Hossain to implement its blueprint,” he said.
The BNP leader came up with the remarks at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office as the tribunal is set to deliver its verdict in the case just two days later.
On September 18, Judge Shahed Nuruddin of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 fixed October 10 to deliver its verdict in two cases filed over the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital in 2004.
Moudud said SK Sinha was forced to leave the country and resign after giving the verdict in 16th amendment case while Judge Motahar Hossain had to flee the country to save his life for not signing in a verdict written by the government in a money-laundering case against Tarique Rahman.
He alleged that the government is now putting in all-out efforts to deprive Tarique and other BNP leaders of justice through a verdict as ordered by the government with an evil motive.
Torque’s lawyer and BNP vice chairman Khandker Mahbub Hossain said around 225 witnesses gave depositions in the August-21 cases. “No one of them said Tarique and BNP leaders had involvement with the incident.”
He said it will be contrary to justice if Tarique and other BNP leader are convicted in the case. “There’s no way to convict Tarique Rahman, Abdus Salam Pintu and Lutfuzzaman Babar by examining the witnesses and documents. Even, Sheikh Hasina in her deposition given under the section 161 did not bring any allegation against BNP and Tarique Rahman.”
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Jamiruddin Sircar, Rafiqul Islam Miah, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury were, among others, present.
Dhaka, Oct 8 (UNB) – Hours after the disclosure that President Abdul Hamid signed the Digital Security Bill, BNP on Monday announced not to accept such a ‘black’ law.
“We don’t accept today’s law (Digital Security Law). In fact, we don’t accept any law of this government as those were passed in a parliament which has no legitimacy,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Speaking at a views-exchange meeting, he further said, “This Parliament doesn’t represent people as it is an illegal parliament.”
BNP arranged the programme titled ‘Digital Security Act’ at a city hotel. Journalists from different media outlets and some representatives from different embassies, including the USA, the UK, the EU, Canada, China, Russia, Afghanistan, Palestine, Turkey and Vietnam, joined the programme.
Former President of the Jatiya Press Club Shawkat Mahmud presented the keynote paper at the programme.
Fakhrul branded the government as ‘hypocrite’ saying it assured the Editors Council of taking steps for amending ‘controversial’ sections of the Digital Security Bill, but it was made law without any amendment. “Even, the government didn’t talk to any anybody over the act.”
He alleged that the government has enacted the ‘black’ law as its safeguard so that media cannot publish any reports on its corruption.
Earlier in the day, President Abdul Hamid has assented to the Digital Security Bill passed in the 22nd session of the current parliament, making it a law.
The Digital Security Bill, 2018' was passed to deal with cybercrimes, including hurting the religious sentiment, negative propaganda against the Liberation War and Bangabandhu, and illegal activities in e-transactions and spreading defamatory data.
Fakhrul called upon the government to release BNP chief Khaleda Zia from jail before the time runs out as only she can help overcome the current situation. “There’s no alternative to freeing Khaleda Zia to overcome the current crisis.”
He also urged the government to engage in talks to find out ways to hold a fair and acceptable election in a peaceful manner so that people can exercise their right to franchise.
The BNP leader warned the government that it will not be able to hang onto power for a long time by holding people hostage at gunpoint.
Fakhrul called upon the BNP leaders and activists not to be frustrated and get ready for carrying their struggle. “There’s no reason to get frustrated. I see the light of hope. We’ll continue our struggle until our all demands are met, our chairperson is freed and people get rid of misrule.”
About the national unity, he said they have started working for forging a national unity. “People had got united before we took the initiative for forging the unity to remove the current regime.”
The BNP leader said now all the political parties, individuals and organisations are taking about holding the election under a non-party neutral administration by dissolving parliament.
He said over 4,500 ‘fictitious’ cases were filed over the last one month while around 25 lakh people were made accused in around 90,000 cases over the last 10 years. “People’s unity is the only way to overcome this situation. We’ll achieve the victory by forging the people’s unity.”
BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain alleged that the Digital Security Act was framed from a Baksal concept to establish unwritten one-party rule. “What could be blacker than this law? Even, I think, there’s no such law in any monarchy, let alone democracy.”
He said the current ‘fascist’ regime formulated the law to ensure its security and gag the voice of the media, politicians and the common people who use the social media. “I would like to say that the consequences of such efforts won’t be good.”
Dhaka, Oct 8 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday cancelled Relief and Disaster Management Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya’s conviction in a graft and acquitted him from the charges.
Maya was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment by a lower court in the graft case.
An HC bench of Md NazrulIsalm Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam delivered the judgment.
Maya’s lawyer barrister Syed Ahmed Raja said that the HC acquitted Maya from the graft charges and overturned his jail sentence accepting an appeal filed by him.
The HC on Sunday fixed today (Monday) to deliver its verdict after re-hearing on the appeal filed by Maya against the lower court’s conviction.
Earlier on August 14 the HC set October 7 for delivering its verdict in the case.
On June 13, 2007, Assistant Director of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Nurul Alam filed the case with Sutrapur Police Station for amassing wealth worth Tk. 29 lakh illegally.
A Special Judges Court on February 14, 2008, sentenced Maya to 13 years jail and also fined him Tk 5 crore over the wealth accumulation.
Maya filed an appeal on May 25, 2009, with High Court and the HC cancelled the sentence of the Awami League leader on October 27, 2010.
Later, on June 14, 2015, a three-member bench of Appellate Division led by former Chief Justice SK Sinha cancelled the HC order acquitting the ruling party leader from the graft charges and ordered to re-hear his appeal.
Washington, Oct 8 (AP/UNB) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is signaling that a Republican-controlled Senate would act on President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court in 2020, a presidential election year, should a vacancy arise.
McConnell had blocked a vote on Democratic President Barack Obama's choice of Merrick Garland to the high court in 2016, citing tradition of not filling vacancies in a presidential election year.
But when asked on "Fox News Sunday" if that would apply in 2020, McConnell said: "We'll see if there is a vacancy."
He says in 1880 a vacancy was not filled when the Senate was controlled by the party opposing the president.
Democrats often call McConnell hypocritical on his standard for considering nominees. The two oldest justices are Democratic appointees. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85; Stephen Breyer is 80.
Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNB) - BNP, Jatiya Oikya Prokriya and Jukto Front reached in a consensus on Sunday night to wage a united movement with similar programmes to force the government to hold a credible election.
Senior leaders of BNP and the two alliances took the decision at a meeting held at BNP Standing Committee Member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain’s Gulshan residence, Oikya Front leader ASM Abdur Rob told reporters after the meeting.
“We’ve forged a unity with BNP, and we’ll observe any action programme simultaneously in the future,” he said.
Rob, also the president of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), said the meeting agreed on the five-point demand Jukto Front placed earlier to hold the next election in a fair and acceptable manner.
He said the senior leaders of BNP, Jukto Front and Oikya Prokriya will work out their future course of action sitting together.
Rob said they will demand the release of all the political prisoners and the arrested students who waged the quota reform and safe road movements.
BNP Standing Committee Member Barrister Moudud Ahmed said they agreed on the five-point demand, including Khaleda Zia’s release from jail. “We’ll observer all the programmes together in the future and force the government to accept our all demands.”
The meeting began around 9 pm and ended 10:40 pm.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Standing Committee members Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Bikalpa Dhara secretary general Abdul Mannan, Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Gono Forum leader Subrata Chowdhury, Mostofa Mohasin Mantu pro-BNP professional Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury were, among others, present at the meeting.