Published On: Wed, Oct 2nd, 2013 at 11:25 PM

SQ Chowdhury denied justice: BNP protests thursday

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4964_fak The BNP on Wednesday said that International Crimes Tribunal has denied justice to the party’s lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury in war crimes cases. In protest, the main opposition party will stage countrywide demonstrations on Thursday and also hold a protest rally at Suhrawardy Uddyan in the afternoon. Dhaka metropolitan city unit BNP will organise the protest rally.

The announcement came at a press conference, organised by BNP on Wednesday to express the party’s reaction over death sentence awarded to its standing committee member Salauddin Quader Chowdhury by the International Crimes Tribunal-1 for wartime offences committed more than four decades ago.

BNP Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir addressed the press conference held at the party’s central office at Nayapaltan in the capital in the afternoon.

“We are surprised after hearing the verdict (death sentence). This verdict has lost acceptability because it had been leaked much before the court delivered it,” Mirza Alamgir said in BNP’s official reaction on the high-profile trial.

On Tuesday night, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia sat at a meeting with party senior leaders and top leaders of the BNP-led 18-party alliance to set its position, fix next course of movement programme and express reaction over the high profile trial at the ICT-1 and the capital punishment handed down to the party’s policymaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.

After the meeting, BNP announced that it would come up with its formal reaction on Wednesday to the verdict in the war crimes case against Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, MP.

The meeting was held at Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office Tuesday night. After the meeting Mirza Alamgir told reporters about the party’s decision.

BNP standing committee members Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar, MK Anwar, Rafiqul Islam Miah, Nazrul Islam Khan were, among others, present at the meeting.

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Tuesday condemned BNP policymaker SQ Chowdhury to death on four counts of crimes against humanity during the country’s independence struggle in 1971. — justnewsbd

Published On: Wed, Oct 2nd, 2013 at 11:25 PM

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