Khaleda, her associates to be tried in tribunal: PM

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said in Parliament that the government has a plan to form tribunals for the trial of all the criminals, including order giver of petrol bomb attacks Khaleda Zia and her associates, under Section 27 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2009.

The leader of the House said this replying to a starred tabled question from Selina Begum (Women’s Seat-6) during her scheduled question-answer session in Parliament, reports United News of Bangladesh.
As per Section 27 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2009, Hasina said, there is a provision for forming anti-terrorism special tribunals.
She also said until formation of such tribunal, the sessions judges concerned and the additional sessions judges have been given power to speedily dispose of the cases under this Act.
The prime minister said directives have already been given to speedily and properly dispose of the investigation of the cases filed for petrol bomb attacks in various parts of the country while the implementation of this process is also monitored properly.
Besides, she said, steps have been taken to transfer important cases to speedy trial tribunals.
Hasina informed the House that during the hartals and blockades enforced by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance since January 5 this year, some 134 people were killed in petrol bomb attacks and terrorist activities.
She said distribution of Tk 21.73 crore is nearing completion among the injured and family members of those killed during the mayhem unleashed by the BNP-Jamaat clique.
Besides, some Tk 9,57,79,0140 has been distributed among the owners of some 860 vehicles that were burnt and vandalized by the BNP-Jamaat from the PM’s Relief and Welfare Fund. Besides, she said adding that cheques worth Tk 7,21,12,000 would be distributed soon among the owners of some 285 damaged vehicles.

Source: New Age

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