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BNP: Govt’s political vengeance behind Tarique’s exile

  • Published at 03:36 pm September 3rd, 2018
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaking at a press briefing at the party's Naya Paltan headquarters in Dhaka on Monday, September 3, 2018 Focus Bangla

BNP’s Secretary General spoke at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan office, marking  Tarique Rahman’s 2008 release from jail

BNP has alleged that its Acting Chairman, Tarique Rahman, has long been in exile because of the government's desire for political vengeance.

"Today, we remember the day when Tarique Rahman was released from jail. I think, he is not yet physically fit as he has long been in exile and cannot return home as he was implicated in various fabricated cases," BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said at a press conference on Monday.

He added: "Tarique Rahman has also been implicated in the August 21 grenade attack case out of a political conspiracy."

The press conference was arranged at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office—marking the day Tarique Rahman was released from jail in 2008.

Tarique, arrested on March 7 after the 1/11 political changeover, was released on bail on September 3 the following year.

About Khaleda Zia's conviction in the Zia orphanage trust case, Fakhrul alleged their chairperson has been kept in jail unlawfully for a false case.

"She is not being released even after being granted bail by the High Court," said the BNP leader.

He claimed the government planned to conspire to send her to jail via a planned legal process, because it fears her immense popularity.

"We would like to say Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman have become the victims of an individual's serious anger and revenge," he said.