B'desh rejects amnesty charges of "pol motivated" arrests

Dhaka, Sept 08: Bangladesh today rejected claims by the London-based rights group amnesty international that it had carried out "politically motivated" arrests and ignored court orders.

Dhaka, Sept 08: Bangladesh today rejected claims by the London-based rights group amnesty international that it had carried out "politically motivated" arrests and ignored court orders.
"The government has not arrested a single person with any political motivation as Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's administration believes in establishing rule of law in the country," Harris Chowdhury, the premier's political secretary, told reporters.

He added: "all political parties enjoy absolute freedom in exercising their democratic rights."

Chowdhury said: "some misconceptions on the arrests of some politicians are there and these politicians were arrested for trying to create social instability and for possibly having a hand in criminal activities, but not for exercising their democratic political rights or any malafide intention."

Asked about amnesty's allegations that the government was also ignoring court orders related to opposition politicians, he said the Supreme Court was independent and authorities carried out their responsibilities as per law.

"There is no question of disrespecting courts," Chowdhary added.

Amnesty said in a statement released yesterday: "the government must stop using politically motivated criminal charges to harass the opposition."

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