Dhaka, Bangladesh
Not unhappy, neither fully satisfied: AL

Not unhappy, neither fully satisfied: AL

News Desk Government party leaders appreciated the court's judgment but expressed their reservations about lesser penalties for those whom they called 'mastermind' and planners of the grenade attack. Several ministers and ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader expressed such mixed reactions over the verdict that sentenced 19 persons to death, another 19 to life imprisonment and 11 to different other terms of jail. "Not unhappy, not fully satisfied either," said Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, in an instant reaction to reporters as the verdicts came from the judge, Shahed Nuruddin, of Dhaka's Speedy Trial Court. "We would have been happy if there had been the highest punishment, capital punishment for the planner and mastermind," he said, naming Tarique Rahman. He expressed his views while talking to journalists in his first reaction over the verdict after signing a contract of MRT Line-1 at Bangabandhu International Conference Center here, a BSS report said. The prime target of the horrible attack was the then opposition leader and incumbent Prime Minister Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina, Quader said, adding that the plan of the attack was mapped out from the Hawa Bhaban. One of the important accused for the attack Mufti Hannan acknowledged in his confessional statement before the court that permission for carrying out the attack was taken from Tarique Rahman. The verdict, however, over the grenade attack has come after 14 years while it emerged as a topic of public discussion and criticism over the whole time, he said. A court here today sentenced to death to 19 people including former junior home minister Lutfuzzaman Babar and life imprisonment to another 19 including ex-premier Khaleda Zia's fugitive son Tarique Rahman on August 21, 2004 grenade attack charge. A total of 24 AL leaders and workers, including the then Mohila Awami League President and wife of late President Zillur Rahman, Ivy Rahman, were killed and around 500 others were injured in the monstrous attack. (Inputs also taken from UNB, media reports)

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