State Minister for Law Quamrul Islam on Monday said Jamaat-e-Islami leader Hamidur Rahman Azad would no longer remain an MP as he is now a convict.
“Jamaat leader Hamidur Rahman Azad can’t remain an MP [member of parliament] anymore as he has been convicted by the International Crimes Tribunal-2. But, he can contest the next parliamentary polls,” stated the minister while addressing an anti-hartal rally in the city.
Quamrul said: “Jamaat will feel the pinch in the next general elections for resorting to the path of hartal and violence. If anyone gets aggrieved with any court verdict, he or she can file an appeal, if there’s any scope to do so. Instead, they [Jamaat] enforced a hartal.”
“A new culture has emerged in politics to call hartal against court verdict. It’s tantamount to conspiracy against the state machinery,” the minister commented at the rally held in front of Awami League’s central office.
“The court can’t sit idle when you commit contempt of court. Now, the judiciary is completely independent…now the court doesn’t deliver verdicts as prescribed by the government,” he noted.
On Sunday, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 punished three Jamaat leaders-- Hamidur Rahman Azad, Rafiqul Islam Khan and Selim Uddin – for their derogatory remarks against the tribunal, reports UNB.
Of them, Rafiqul and Azad, now on the run, were sentenced to three months’ imprisonment in absentia and fined Tk 3,000 each, in default, to suffer two months more in jail.