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Govt must bring back Tarique to execute court verdict: PM

Published : 26 May 2024 11:21 PM

Prime Minister and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina on Sunday reiterated her firm determination to execute the court verdict after bringing back convicted Tarique Zia from London.

"Now only task is to bring back the black sheep (Tarique Zia). We will bring the convicted accused of 10-truck arms haul case, 21st August, 2004 grenade attack and champion in corruption from wherever he stays and execute the sentences," she said.

"We have already held discussion with the British government so that they repatriate the fugitive convict to us to execute his conviction," she added.

The Prime Minister said this while exchanging greetings with newly elected upazila chairman and vice-chairman of Kotalipara Upazila of Gopalganj district at her official Ganabhaban residence in the capital.

UNB adds: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said that the government will bring back BNP’s Acting Chairman Tarique Rahman, who has been sentenced in the court of Bangladesh.

The Prime Minister said that discussions have been held with the British government regarding Tarique’s extradition.

“We will bring him back from wherever he is residing and execute the sentence of the court,” she asserted.

Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, made these remarks while exchanging greetings with the newly elected chairman, vice chairman, and members of Gopalganj's Kotalipara Upazila Parishad at her official residence, Ganabhaban.

She described Tarique Zia as an accused in the ten-truck arms case, convicted in the grenade attack case, and a notorious figure for corruption.

“Wherever he is, we will bring him back. We have already discussed with the British government to return this convicted fugitive to Bangladesh. We will bring him and execute the sentence,” she reiterated.

Sheikh Hasina emphasized that the people of Bangladesh do not want to see militants and arsonists in power again.

“If the punishment of this black sheep can be executed, the people of this country will be freed from the hands of militancy and arson terrorists,” she said, recalling the BNP-Jamaat arson terrorism in 2013, 2014, and 2023.

The Prime Minister reaffirmed her commitment to bringing back both Tarique and the convicted murderers of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who are absconding abroad. She emphasized that carrying out their sentences is essential for ensuring the peace and security of the people and continuing the country’s economic progress.

“And we are working with that goal,” she concluded.