‘Attempt to keep Tarique away from Bangladesh’s politics’: Fakhrul

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Dhaka, July 21: Tarique Rahman’s graft conviction is an attempt to keep him away from Bangladesh’s politics, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir alleged on Thursday.

“A vested quarter has been continuously trying Tarique Rahman keep away from the country. Tarique Rahman’s graft conviction is an attempt to keep him away from Bangladesh’s politics,” the BNP leader made the reaction to media after the High Court handed seven-year imprisonment and fine to BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman scrapping his acquittal in a Tk 20.41 crore money laundering case.

The verdict was motivated from political rivalry, Shairul Kabir Khan, an official of the BNP chairperson’s press wing, conveyed Fakhrul’s statement to media.

Mirza Fakhrul is now in London to participate a discussion programme on Bangladesh at the House of Commons, lower house of the British parliament.

Meanwhile, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that the scrapping of the acquittal of its senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman is aimed at destroying Zia family and weakening the nationalist forces.

“The lower court has acquitted Tarique Rahman in money laundering case as there was no evidence regarding Tarique Rahman’s involvement in the case, but the government appealed against the verdict by its subservient Anti-Corruption Commission to fulfill its desire and political vengeance,” he said.

The BNP leader came up with the allegation at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office after the HC verdict against Tarique Rahman.

He added: “We think it (Tarique’s punishment) is a part of the government’s blue print to destroy Zia family and the nationalist forces.”

Rizvi also said, “The judges have lost their rights to deliver their judgement independently. If any judge pronounces judgemnet properly, he or she cannot remain in the country.”

BNP assistant organizing secretary Advocate Abdus Salam Azad, executive committee member Belal Ahmed and Dhaka city BNP leader were, among others, present at the press briefing.

Earlier in the day, the High Court handed down seven-year imprisonment to BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman and fined Tk 20.41 crore in a money laundering case.

On November 17, 2013, a Dhaka court acquitted Tarique and sentenced Mamun to seven years in jail and fined him Tk 40 crore.