Update December 28, 2014

Dhaka 8-51 am, 25-September, 2020

Court issued another arrest warrant against Tarique Rahman

Mirajul Moin Joy

Tarique Rahman, senior vice-chairman of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)

Tarique Rahman, senior vice-chairman of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)

DHAKA, Dec 28, 2014 Nirapad News: The metropolitan magistrate court has issued arrest warrant against Tarique Rahman, senior vice-chairman of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), after filing a defamation suit against him on charge of giving defamatory and seditious speech staying in London.

The case was filed by Abdul Aziz, assistant general secretary of Dhaka City Chartra League, with the court of chief Judicial Magistrate here on Sunday.

Senior Judicial Magistrate Masud Parvez issued the arrest warrant against Tarique Rahman after receiving statement from the petitioner. The court has been asked to submit the report of the arrest warrant by February 5, 2015.

On December 15, while addressing a programme in London , Tarique called Bangladesh’s founding president Bangabandhu a “Razakar,” a term which has become synonymous with a collaborator or traitor of Pakistani military since the 1971 Liberation War.

Tarique said Sheikh Mujib had accepted Yahiya Khan as Pakistan’s president and went for the national and provincial elections accepting his conditions.

He claimed that father of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Sheikh Mujib never wanted an independent Bangladesh but a combined Pakistan. Tarique Rahman also claimed that Bangabandhu’s family had no contribution to the country’s Liberation War.

Tarique, addressing a discussion marking the Victory Day in London said, “when several lakhs Bangladeshis were struggling in the battlefield then the Sheikh Mujib’s family was passing their days safely in Dhaka under the security arrangements taken by the Pakistani Army.”

Even the BNP leader also described Sheikh Hasina as “occupant” and “wrong headed”.

Tarique has been in London since September 11, 2008 on medical grounds after securing parole in various cases. He faces 14 charges, of which four, including the August 21 grenade attack case, are on trial and the rest are stayed.

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