Sedition case against Khaleda rejected

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DHAKA: A Dhaka court rejected the sedition case filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on charge of writing an article seeking foreign interference in country’s internal affairs.

Metropolitan Magistrate M Saifur Rahman dismissed the case after hearing on Thursday afternoon as the case was not filled by appropriate person.

Earlier in the day, Advocate Moshiur Malek, Bangabandhu Foundation’s founding president, filed the case under sections 1231/124a of code of conduct with Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court on Thursday.

He pleaded to accept the case as per approval of the state authority concerned.

As per the case statement, in her article published in Washington Times on January 30, Khaleda Zia violated county’s liberation and sovereignty by seeking interference of foreign power in internal matters of the country.  

In the statement, Prime Minister was termed ‘patron and supporter’ of Jamaat-Shibir and Razakar, Al-Badr, who oppose the country’s liberation and committed crimes against humanity.

The compliant also said she enforced different programmes and delivered speeches to hinder the trial procedure of Internatioanl Crimes Tribunal.

In line with the activities, she wrote the article titled ‘The Thankless Role in Saving Democracy in Bangladesh.’

In the article, Khaleda urged the United States and its allies to intervene in restoring caretaker government system in Bangladesh, the statement added.

The opposition leader also urged the Western powers to consider targeted travel and other sanctions against those in the regime who undermine democracy, freedom of speech and human rights, the case statements also read.

 FEB 07, 2013

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