Getting legal aid is constitutional right for Minni: Salma Ali

Sun Online Desk

18th July, 2019 12:56:23 printer

Getting legal aid is constitutional right for Minni: Salma Ali

Human right activist Advocate Salma Ali has said it is the responsibility of the government to appoint lawyers for Aysha Siddika Minni as no lawyers of the Borguna stood for her, BBC Bangla reported on Thursday.

“According to our constitution, to appoint lawyers for those accused, who are denied legal aid in particular cases, is the responsibility of the government. So, getting legal aid is a constitutional right for Minni,” she said.

Salma Ali, also the Executive Director of Bangladesh National Women Lawyers' Association (BNWLA), made the remarks while talking to the journalist of the BBC Bangla.

Yesterday, no lawyer stood for Aysha Siddika Minni, who was placed on a five-day remand by a Barguna court for her alleged involvement in the brutal killing of her husband, slain Rifat Sharif.

Minni's father Moazzem Hossain Kishore alleged yesterday that “No lawyer has taken the case of my daughter. I tried my level best but everyone denied standing for Minni at the court."

He also alleged that the Barguna Bar Association has decided that no lawyer will stand for her daughter.

However, denying the allegation by Minni’s Father, president of the Association Abdur Rahman Nantu said, “Kishor isn’t speaking the truth. No lawyer from the association has taken such decision.”

Earlier, Minni was placed on a five-day remand on the same day.

Md Sirajul Islam Gazi of Barguna Senior Judicial Magistrate Court passed the order after Barguna police produced Minni before the court with a seven-day remand petition.

Rifat Sharif, 25, an internet service provider, was attacked and killed in a broad daylight by two youths and some others with sharp weapons near Barguna Government College in front of his wife on June 26.

In a video footage, Minni was apparently shown trying to protect her husband during the attack. She was also named as the main eye witness in the case.

Later at night, the victim’s father filed the murder case with Barguna Sadar Police Station, accusing 12 people including prime suspects Nayan and Rifat Farazi. Of them, Nayan was killed in a “gunfight” and Rifat Farazi was arrested later.