Ruling Awami League’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader has scoffed at the idea of BNP’s Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman being made the acting chief of the party.
“He (Tarique) was sentenced to seven years in jail for money laundering. He has been handed down a 10-year imprisonment term and fined Tk2 crore (Tk2.10 crore) in this (Zia Orphanage Trust) corruption case,” Quader said in Gazipur on Friday.
“It is clear why the BNP dropped article seven from its charter. [This is] to allow corrupt people become the party’s leaders,” he added, referring to Tarique being made the acting chairperson of BNP.
A Dhaka court on Thursday found BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, and four others guilty of embezzling money that came in as donations for orphans.
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She was sentenced to five years in jail while Tarique and four others were handed down 10-year imprisonment and fined Tk2.1 crore each.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir later told the media that Tarique would serve as the acting chairperson as per the party charter.
According to section C of Article 5 of BNP charter, party vice-chairman will perform as its acting chairman in absence of the party chairperson.
Tarique went to London in 2008 after he was released on parole for treatment during the caretaker regime. He has been staying there since and it is unclear when he will return home.
Tarique is also an accused in a case filed over the August 21, 2004 grenade attack on an Awami League rally targeting the then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina.