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No scope to revive Bangabandhu murder case, says Minister

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Staff Reporter
Law Minister Anisul Huq on Saturday said there is no scope to revive the Bangabandhu murder case as its trial is over.
“The trial of the Bangabandhu killing has been completed and President Ziaur Rahman is also dead. So, there’s no chance to revive the Bangabandhu murder case,” he said.
The minister was talking to reporters after attending a two-day conference on ‘South Asia and International Law-Engagement or Encounter’ as the chief guest at the city’s Ruposhi Bangla Hotel.
Anisul Huq also said Ziaur Rahman had been killed before the trial of Bangabandhu murder case. “So, there’s no scope to put his name in the case as an accused.”
Replying to a question, he said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s comments over the involvement of Khaleda Zia and her son in the August 21 grenade attack will not influence its trial.
The minister said the grenade attack was carried out aiming to make Awami League a leaderless party.
In response to another query, he said, “The role of the then government following the incident was doubtful. BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman was the prime accused in the case. If they’ve anything to say to disapprove the allegation of their involvement in the incident they must go to the court.”
Different human rights organizations, including Human Rights, Immigration and Refugee Law, International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law attended the conference.
Delegations from Australia, China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Greece, Britain, the USA, the Philippines, Vietnam, Iran and Bangladesh also took part in the program.
Prof Borhan Uddin Khan of Dhaka University and President of Bangladesh Chapter of Asian Society of International Law, Dr Surakirt Sathirathai, President of Asian Society of International Law, Advocate Dr Kamal Hossain, Prof Simon Chestermen-National University of Singapore and Secretary General of Asian Society of International Law, among others, spoke at the conference.