Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) – BNP on Thursday demanded cancellation of the special court’s verdict in the August 21 grenade attack cases as it what the party claimed was given to ‘eliminate’ the Prime Minister’s political rivals.
“The verdict in the August 21 grenade attack cases was given to eliminate the Prime Minister’s political archrivals. BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman is one of the main targets in this elimination process,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “We want proper trial of the terrible grenade attack to be held. So, the given verdict must be revoked immediately and steps will have to be taken for ensuring justice through a complete fair investigation.”
On October 10, Judge Shahed Nuruddin of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 at Old Dhaka’s Nazimuddin Road sentenced 19 people to death, 19 others, including Tarique Rahman to life imprisonment, and eight others to different jail terms in two cases filed over the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital in 2004.
Rizvi alleged that trial was held in the cases without a proper and neutral investigation. “Tarique Rahman was convicted through a farcical trial with a political motive.”
He said the government is trying to attain its two goals -- diverting people’s attention from its misrule and belittling Zia family -- through the verdict.
The BNP leader also claimed that people did not accept the verdict as it was given at the behest of the government.
Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) – The US Embassy in Dhaka on Thursday expressed deep shock at the death of rock legend Ayub Bachchu.
“We're deeply saddened at the sudden demise of legendary Bangladeshi rock musician Ayub Bachchu – AB,” the Embassy said in a condolence message shared on its verified Facebook page.
He was one of the leading guitarists in the country and the founding member of the rock band LRB, it said.
Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) – A leave-to-appeal petition was filed with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday against a High Court order clearing the way for continuation of the trial proceedings of the Zia Charitable Trust graft case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in her absence.
Khaleda’s counsel Barrister Kaiser Kamal they filed the petition with the section concerned and it will be placed before the chamber judge on Sunday for fixing a date for hearing.
On Sunday, an HC bench of Justice Obaidul Hasan and Justice SM Kuddus Zaman cleared the way to continuation of the trial proceedings of the graft case against Khaleda in her absence as they rejected a writ petition filed by the BNP chief.
Earlier on September 27, the BNP chairperson filed the writ petition with the High Court challenging a lower court’s decision.
On September 20, Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Judge Court-5 of Dhaka decided to continue the trial proceedings in the absence of the main accused.
Meanwhile, the special court on Tuesday fixed October 29 for passing verdict in the corruption case.
Khaleda Zia, who has been in jail since her conviction in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8, refused to appear before the court during the trial of the Zia Charitable Trust graft case on ‘safety grounds’.
Later, the government shifted the court to jail premises to ensure her safety. Yet, she did not appear before the court.
The state counsel appealed to the court to continue the trial proceedings of the case in the absence of Khaleda Zia. The court accepted their pleading.
Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) – Bangladesh House Building Finance Corporation Chairman Professor Dr. Md. Salim Uddin, has said accessibility of financial services at affordable and appropriate prices can surely improve the financial condition and living standard of the poor and the deprived section.
Dr Salim, also the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited, explained the role of Islamic bank in the financial inclusion through redistribution of wealth by the application and practices of Zakat, waqf, qard e hasna, and Sadaquah in addition to other risk sharing products.
He was addressing an international conference titled 'Rethinking Development in South Asia' recently organized by University of Chittagong, a press release said on Thursday.
Dr. Salim chaired a session on Financial Inclusion and Development. Later, he distributed prizes and certificates among the participants. Local and international scholars, researchers, academics and development professionals attended the conference.
Dr. Md. Salim Uddin said, financial institutions are the robust pillars of progress, economic growth and development of the country's economy.
Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) - Three Additional Inspectors General of Police (Addl IGPs) have been transferred and given new postings.
According to a Home Ministry notification issued on Thursday, Additional IGP Mohammad Abul Quashem of Railway Police has been transferred to Anti-Terrorism Unit while Additional IGP of Police Headquarters Md Mohsin Hossain replaced Quashem.
Additional IGP of the Anti-Terrorism Unit Md Shafiqul Islam has shifted to the Police Headquarters.