|Law Minister Anisul Huq|
Dhaka: Law Minister Anisul Huq on Wednesday said the government would seek higher punishment for BNP’s acting Chairman Tarique Rahman in the August 21 grenade attack cases.
The minister was talking to reporters a court awarded Tarique, abroad since 2007, life imprisonment while delivering verdict on the grisly attack of 2004.
He added, higher penalties will be sought as well for Abdul Harris Chowdhury and Kazi Shah Mofazzal Hossain Kaikobad – who were also convicted in the cases.
After receiving the full text of the verdict, the government will decide on moving an appeal before the High Court for increasing their punishment in the case, he said.
The law minister said the government will try to bring the fugitive convicts including Tarique Rahman, Harris Chowdhury, Mofazzal Hossain Kaikobad before law.
Expressing satisfaction on the verdict, he said all the accused of the cases were given relevant facilities to defend themselves during the trial proceedings.
The minister also said that the Sheikh Hasina government has established the rule of law for ensuring justice in all the cases.
Earlier in the day, the court also convicted former state minister Lutfozzaman Babar, former deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu and 17 others – who were sentenced to death in the cases.
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