Dhaka, July 23: BNP would face the money laundering case against senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman both legally and politically, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said on Saturday.
Tarique Rahman, the elder son of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, was sentenced to seven years` imprisonment and fined Tk 20 crore by the High Court on July 21 in money laundering case.
“The money laundering case against Tarique Rahman is a political. We will face it both legally and politically,” he said while talking to reporters at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport after returning from London.
The BNP leader said the government wants to send him (Tarique Rahman) in political exile. That’s why the government has taken the “tactics” of sentencing him by filing different cases against Tarique Rahman, he added.
Fakhrul said they have become frustrated and aggrieved over the HC verdict that sentenced Tarique Rahman for seven years and filed Tk 20 crore on charge of money laundering.
“The government being revengeful had submitted appeal to cancel the Judge Court verdict of acquittal. Tarique Rahman did not get justice from the higher court,” he alleged.
Replying to a question, he alleged that the government does not want a national unity to face militancy as it is not interested to curb militancy and terrorism.
“That’s why the government is creating issue one after another to divert the peoples attention,” he added.
BNP chairperson’s adviser Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, Sabihuddin Ahmed, Nitai Roy Chowdhury and Barrister Rumin Farhana, also back home with the BNP secretary general.
A BNP delegate led by Alamgir went to London on July 16 to attend a seminar in the House of Commons on Bangladesh issue.
A government delegate comprising Prime Minister’s adviser HT Imam, Dr Moshiur Rahman, Post and Telecommunications Minister Tarana Halim, Water Resources Minister Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud and State Minister Narayan Chandra Chanda also took part in the seminar.
Meanwhile, the BNP on Saturday staged demonstration in different parts of the country protesting HC verdict against Tarique Rahman in a money laundering case.
The city BNP could not hold any demonstration anywhere in Dhaka.
BNP standing committee member Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, who is also joint-convenor of city unit of BNP, said they could not hold their planned meeting scheduled to be held at Institution of Engineers Bangladesh as police did not give them permission.
“We hope that police will give permission soon and we will be bale to hold a protest meeting there tomorrow (Sunday),” he said.
In another development, BNP senior joint secretary general at a press conference at party central office accused the government of trying to foil party’s pre-announced protest programme.