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Ruling alliance says it respects court order

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Staff Reporter
The ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance on Wednesday accepted the Supreme Court verdict commuting Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee’s death penalty to imprisonment till death saying it is respectful of the court order.
It also branded as intellectually corrupt those brought the allegation of entente between the government and Jamaat-e-Islami over the verdict.
“The country’s people and the 14-party had expected that the apex court would uphold the death sentence of identified war criminal Delwar Hossain Sayedee. But, we’ve respect for the court decision,” 14-party spokesperson and Health Minister Mohammad Nasim said.
He came up with the remarks while addressing a press briefing after a meeting of the 14-party alliance held at Awami League president Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi political office.
As journalists drew his attentions that there is a hearsay the verdict is an outcome of an entente between the government and Jamaat, Nasim, also a presidium member of the ruling Awami League, said, “There’s no question of any entente. The court is independent and it’s in no way descent to interfere in it.”
He also said there are some critics who made such illogical and unnecessary remarks on many occasions in the past. “They make such remarks without having any clear concept. They’re intellectually corrupt.”
The minister said though it was a big challenge to try the war criminals of 1971, Sheikh Hasina initiated it with courage, and executed Quader Mollah defying local and international huge pressure.
About Jamaat’s hartal, he said the party had also called such shutdown program earlier but people did not support it and they will not support it this time, too. “Law enforcers will tackle them as the law takes its own course.”