12:00 AM, February 11, 2013 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 11, 2013

No 'secret deal'

Matia bins perception of Quader verdict

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Staff Correspondent

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday outright rejected the allegation that the government had made a “secret deal” with Jamaat-e-Islami over the war crimes trial of Abdul Quader Mollah.
“There is nothing behind this,” she said at the BBC Sanglap as a number of invitee spectators questioned her if there was any “secret dealing” between Jamaat and the government over Quader Mollah's trial. “There is no scope for such confusion.”
The veteran politician also said, “We must amend the law in line with the people's expectation and sentiment.”
Some even said they were convinced that the government reached an understanding with Jamaat to be at an advantage in the next national polls.
In reply, Matia said the government let Jamaat-e-Islam to hold rally and procession as a section of civil society members, media and others had advised that the party would not carry out secret attack on police if it was allowed to observe its political programmes.
Hours after the International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced Quader Mollah to life imprisonment on Tuesday, a group of bloggers and online activists started demonstrating at the Shahbagh intersection demanding capital punishment to the notorious war criminals.
Hundreds of people from all walks of life thronged Shahbagh on Tuesday night to join the youths. The gatherings turned into a human sea on Friday with tens of thousands of people demanding hanging of Mollah.
The people's movement at Shahbagh entered its sixth day yesterday.
At the BBC Sanglap yesterday, BNP Vice-Chairman Hafizuddin Ahmed said the youths-led movement will definitely have an impact on the country's politics.
“Every government will have to carry out the trial of war criminals,” said the opposition leader taking part in the event at the capital's Biam auditorium.

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