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16 July 2007

Arrest of Sheikh Hasina is a conspiracy to purge her from the Awami League

New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) condemned the arrest of the leader of Awami League and former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by the Bangladeshi authorities today morning as “a premeditated conspiracy to keep her out” from the process of dialogue with the political parties as provided in the "roadmap" to elections announced by the Chief Election Commissioner A.T.M. Shamsul Huda on 15 June 2007.

Sheikh Hasina has been arrested for alleged extortion complaint filed by Tajul Islam Farook, Chairman of Westmont Power Company on 13 June 2007.

“The arrest of Sheikh Hasina at 5 a.m. in the morning was nothing but a military operation sanctified by the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate. Since the extortion falls under the Emergency Powers, she cannot be granted bail until the conclusion of the trial. This is part of the conspiracy to purge her from the Awami League.” –stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of ACHR.

“A care-taker government without the mandate of the people must function within the ambit of the Constitution but international community has been quite supportive of the abrogation of the constitution, the rule of law and due process of law by the military backed Care-taker government.” - Further stated Mr Chakma.

ACHR urged the international community and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to intervene with the government of Bangladesh to immediately release Sheikh Hasina, withdraw the ban on political rallies and to immediately hold dialogue with the political parties on the roadmap to holding elections at the soonest possible time.


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