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Ruling party ministers quiet over Alim verdict

Update : 09 Oct 2013, 02:15 PM

The ministers of the ruling party kept mum over the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) verdict against BNP leaders Abdul Alim that handed him “a life in prison until death” for his involvement with the atrocities committed in during the Liberation War, Wednesday.

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed and Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu denied in expressing their reactions to the reporters.

Meanwhile, State Minister for Law and Justice Quamrul Islam could not comment over the issue as he was in Brahmanbaria to attend a programme.

Earlier, the law minister, information minister or the state minister for law and justice had expressed their feelings on the seven verdicts awarded to the accused war criminals by the two tribunals.

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 led by Justice Obaidul Hassan found former BNP minister Abdul Alim guilty of nine charges, including mass killings and genocide, and sentenced him to life in prison taking into consideration his age and physical condition.

Alim is now 83-years-old but was 41 while he committed said crimes.

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed denied expressing any reactions to the reporters from several television channels and newspapers when they pressed him for his take, after the verdict.

Mizanur Rahman, law ministry's Senior Information Officer said the minister was not willing to make any comments regarding the verdict as it was a matter of the tribunal. He suggested communicating with the Junior Minister Quamrul Islam.

The minister had not made any comments during the verdict of BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, however, the junior minister of the law ministry and information minister had expressed their reactions.

When contacting the office of state minister for law, they informed reporters about his tour to Brahmanbaria.

Additionally, officials of Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu’s office said he would not be making any comments over the verdict.

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