Bangladesh crisis: BNP postpones hartal following President’s demise


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Niticentral Staff21 Mar 2013

 
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Bangladesh LIVE! BNP postpones hartal following President's demiseA day after President Zillur Rahman’s death, Bangladesh’s main opposition BNP on Wednesday postponed its Thursday’s hartal.

According to a Priyo News news report, Abdul Mannan, president of BNP’s district unit, announced the decision at a press conference at the party Chairperson’s Gulshan office on Wednesday night.

He said they decided to postpone the hartal showing respect to the late President.

The BNP leader said that they would announce a fresh hartal programme at convenient time.

The district BNP called the shutdown in five upazilas of Dhaka district — Dohar, Nawabganj, Keraniganj, Savar and Dhamrai — demanding the release of its leaders, including unit general secretary Amanullah Aman.

Meanwhile, the International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh has fixed Sunday as the day for starting the closing arguments in a war crimes case against Jamaat  leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman as the defence for the third consecutive day failed to produce their last witness before it.

Bangladesh LIVE! BNP postpones hartal following President's demise

A vehicle covered with the Bangladeshi National Flag and decorated with flowers carries the coffin of Bangladeshi President Zillur Rahman as it heads from the airport to Banghababhan, or the President’s palace in Dhaka on Thursday. (AP Photo by AM Ahad)

The Court however, gave a chance to the defence saying that it would allow their witness if Kamaruzzaman’s counsels could produce him before starting the closing arguments on Sunday, a Daily Star report said.

Threatening to close the defence testimony if its orders are not followed, the Tribunal On Wednesday directed the defence to produce the last witness on Thursday.

Kamaruzzaman is facing seven charges of crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War in 1971. He was produced before the Tribunal on Thursday morning.

The Jamaat assistant secretary general was indicted on June 4, 2012.

As many as 18 prosecution witnesses including the investigation officer of the case gave their testimony against the Jamaat leader, while four defence witnesses have testified in the case.



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