The remark came from BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi during a press briefing at the party’s Naya Paltan headquarters on Thursday
BNP has alleged that “state-sponsored” verdicts were given in the August 21 grenade attack cases, aiming to destroy BNP in a planned way.
The remark came from BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi during a press briefing at the party’s Naya Paltan headquarters on Thursday, reports UNB.
"We've seen pleasure and various remarks of Awami League leaders over the verdicts. We would like to say our acting chairman Tarique Rahman was convicted through a state-sponsored judgment," Rizvi said.
He further said:"The verdict was given to ruin BNP in a planned way, and to fulfill the desire of a special person of the government."
Rizvi also alleged that the verdict is also a ploy to hold a lopsided national election.
He accused the government of “viciously” using the state machinery to victimize Tarique and other BNP leaders and high officials.
On Wednesday, a speedy trial tribunal sentenced 19 people to death and 19 others, including Tarique Rahman, to life imprisonment, in two cases filed over the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital in 2004.
Rizvi said people have turned down the verdicts as those were given to eliminate the opposition parties.
Mentioning that former chief justice SK Sinha and a lower court judge, Motahar Hossain, were forced to leave the country for ensuring justice in the past, he said: “The speedy trial tribunal judge could have faced the same consequences had he given the right judgment.”
The BNP leader said a condemned convict who killed Laxmipur BNP leader Adv Nurul Islam is now roaming around freely with presidential clemency.
According to the information they received, Rizvi said around 6,000 dangerous prisoners have so far been released from different jails upon directives from the Home Ministry.
He said the government controlled the “trial process” as it has taken responsibility for protecting the wicked.
"As long as this government is in power, nobody will get justice," Rizvi added.