‘Digital Security Act enacted to control cyber crimes, not to curtail press freedom’

Staff Correspondent

10th June, 2019 09:57:54 printer

The government has enacted Digital Security Act only to control cyber crimes, not to curtail freedom of press and expression, said law minister Anisul Huq.

He was addressing the journalists after a meeting with a five-member delegation led by the European Union Special Representative for Human Rights, Eamon Gilmore, at his Gulshan residence in the capital on Monday.

Replying to a query, he told the EU representatives that BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s confinement is something to do with conviction awarded by competent courts.

The trial court convicted Khaleda Zia and the apex court hiked her jail term, he said. The law minister said the judiciary in Bangladesh is fully independent and judges discharge functions without interference.

The court convicted Khaleda Zia as graft allegations against her were proved beyond reasonable doubt, he stated.

The BNP chief’s punishment has vindicated the victory of rule of law, he said, adding that the government has no authority to release her.

About murder of Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi, he said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and others within the government are closely monitoring updates of the case filed over the murder.

Proceedings of the case will be expedited and punishment to be meted out to the culprits soon, he added.