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Rule of law upheld: Anisul

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 9 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Rule of law upheld: Anisul

The verdict delivered by the trial court in the Abrar murder case has upheld the rule of law in the country, Law Minister Anisul Huq has said.

He made the comment at a press conference at his Gulshan residence on Wednesday afternoon, hours after the pronouncement of the verdict awarding death sentence to 20 people and life imprisonment to five others. “The verdict has upheld fair justice. The verdict has once again proved that there is rule of law in the country” he opined.

Following the verdict, none will dare commit such murder, show such audacity and abuse political links, he said. 

The law minister said the death reference will be sent to the High Court within seven days and the government will extend all-out supports to expedite the appeal hearing in the case.

“Some murders shake the conscience of the society. The government has a duty to quickly finish the trial and bring perpetrators to book to ensure that there is rule of law in the country. The government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has succeeded in accomplishing its task,” he said.

About a demand being made by family members of BNP chief Khaleda Zia and party members to allow her to go abroad for better treatment, the law minister said the government has no scope to consider the appeal under Section 401 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).

Earlier, 15 pro-BNP lawyers met him to find a way to allow Khaleda Zia’s overseas trip for better treatment.

Replying to a query, the law minister said “ I am scrutinizing precedence of the subcontinent as to whether any convicted person was allowed overseas treatment or not. The work is yet to be finished. A decision will be made soon.”