Giasuddin was sentenced to three years’ jail in on Wednesday
Expressing anger and grievance, BNP has said the verdict against its Vice-Chairman Giasuddin Quader Chowdhury is preplanned and politically motivated.
“Giasuddin was awarded three years’ jail only for political reasons in a false and fabricated case. This verdict is pre-planned and politically motivated,” BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said.
He was speaking at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office on Thursday
“The verdict has exposed the ‘new Baksal’ rule in Bangladesh. Criticising the government is now regarded as a crime, as the spirit of Nazi misrule has now descended on the Awami League government,” he said.
On Wednesday, Chittagong Senior Judicial Magistrate Shahidullah Kaisar sentenced Giasuddin, younger brother of executed war criminal Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, to three years’ jail in a case filed over issuing death threat to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and making derogatory comments about her, reports UNB.
On May 29, 2018, Giasuddin at a discussion program said the fate of Sheikh Hasina would turn out to be worse than that of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was assassinated in 1975.
Rizvi said: "Tuesday was the first date for recording the deposition of witnesses.After recording depositions of six witnesses in 20 minutes, the judge decided to declare the verdict the following day.
"It is an unprecedented incident. We strongly denounce the verdict.”
He demanded that Giasuddin be released immediately by annulling the punishment.
The BNP leader said the government cannot tolerate dissenting opinion in any way.
He added: “Under the current situation, only the ruling party men can make unguarded remarks, and hold meetings and rallies but no other political parties can enjoy such rights.”