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Arrest of Sk Hasina and immediate after reactions July 16, 2007

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Sk Hasina, Ex Prime Minister of Bangladesh (1996-2001) and President of AL, one of the major political parties of Bangladesh, has been arrested in the early morning of today (16 July 2007) on the charge of corruption. Hundreds of police and paramilitary forces cordoned off her house since the late night in the midst of heavy rain.

No person was allowed to enter her house for hours, telephone connections were cut off, prison van came, also a protocol car, then she was taken out at 7-30 am. She was initially kept in the Central Jail and produced before the court where her bail appeal was rejected by the Judge and she was sent to specially arranged sub-jail.

The lawyers of Sk Hasina expressed their dissatisfaction the way the judgment was given.

Some Party activists were gathered outside the court room and raised slogans and some yelled out at the police.

Pro AL students at Dhaka University Campus brought out a procession in the Campus.

Some people also brought out a procession in the centre of the city near the Zero point and demanded the trial of SK Hasina. They even distributed sweets among the people.

Before arrest, Sk Hasina left an open letter to the people where she expressed her solidarity with the people and urged them to fight against the wrong.

Mr. Zillur Rahman, a senior member of the presidium was given the charge of the president of AL and said that they will fight against the arrest legally. Mrs. Sajeda expressed her grief on the arrest of Sk Hasina. Mrs.Matiya Chowdhury blasted the pro-reform group to create the opportunity for the Governnment to arrest her.

Mr. Abdur Razzak, one of pro-reform leader also expressed that the reason for the arrest of Sk hasina is trifle. But he mainly blasted Mrs. Motiya for blaming the senior pro-reform leaders. Pro-reform leaders also criticize to hand over the charge of the party president to Mr. Jllur Rahman, who is in very frail health. They expressed that the leadership should have been selected through discussion in the party.

In the meantime, Barrrister Moinul Islam told that Sk Hasina was arrested on specific allegation and charge sheet against her will be submitted soon. When asked he said that Begum Khaleda Zia may be arrested if specific allegation of corruption are found against her.

On the same day, away from the city in a meeting Chief Adviser strongly reiterated that no body is above the law and one of the principle of the present Government is to bring all corrupt people to justice.

The Consulate office of USA and UK expressed their concern on the arrest of Sk. Hasina and hope that all the steps against her would be taken under lawful authority.

The son of Sk. Hasina, Sajib Wajed from USA, in an interview said that the people will not accept the arrest of his mother.

Small processions were brought out in different districts. Few people were also arrested from the processions.

So far, people showed no major reactions as was expected by the party. The reason is that people dissociated themselves from the political parties because of the evidence of corruption by the leaders exposed over the past few months and the confidence of the people on the party and party leadership is at its minimum.




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