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Sunday, March 8, 2015, Falgun 24, 1421 BS, Jamadi ul Awwal 16, 1436 Hijr

Info gathering on Joy in US: MPs demand further probe
Observer Online Desk
Published : Sunday, 8 March, 2015,  Time : 10:23 PM,  View Count : 24
Senior treasury bench members on Sunday demanded further investigation into the information gathering on Sajeeb Wazed Joy, son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in the US to kidnap and harm him and his family members, and take legal steps against the BNP high command promptly.

They also suggested Deputy Speaker Advocate Fazle Rabbi Mia, who was presiding over the session, give necessary directives to the Law Ministry in this regard.

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed initiated the debate taking the floor on a point of order. Awami League senior leader Suranjit Sengupta, Industries Minister Amir Hossain, Amu, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Abdul Matin Khasru, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and JSD MP Mainuddin Khan Badal took part in the debate.

At one stage, the Chair of the House said there should be a further investigation into the matter.

He said Joy brought many good news for Bangladesh through his activities.

Suranjit Sengupta said not the Law Ministry but the Home Ministry would have to be directed for further investigation in this regard.

Since the BNP high command’s name is mentioned, steps should be taken as all know the BNP high command means Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman, he said.

The AL leader said Joy was supposed to be kidnapped for killing and such many incidents take place in the USA in exchange for money.

Tofail Ahmed said those involved in the incident should be arrested and the government must mete out exemplary punishment to them.

Shahriar Alam said it was clear that the BNP to brass wanted information about Joy and it should be identified and investigated who were there to make the deal.

He said the Foreign Ministry is ready to cooperate with the ministries concerned to investigate the matter.

The State Minister said all ill-efforts should be stopped permanently for a safe future. “This trend should be stopped. You please give necessary directives to the Law Ministry.”

Badal said if Parliament does not realise the fact after the incident, it will have to get ready for taking series of condolence

He said this poisonous snake (BNP) gave bite in various stages of Bangladesh’s democratic process.

Badal laid emphasis on taking concrete actions instead of talking only. “If you give chances to killers, in that case their efforts come out successful.”

Branding Khaleda Zia as the ‘serial killer’, he said, “Don’t treat her specially, she does not have any specialty. It’s my expectation that the state will take prompt action.”

Fazle Rabbi wrapped the discussion giving a ruling that Law, Home and Foreign ministries can collect a copy of the verdict and scrutinise it for finding out who are the BNP high command.

He also said it should be investigated and this matter should not be seen with negligence.

The Deputy Speaker also suggested investigation into the allegation of killing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by female suicide killer as Mainuddin Khan Badal raised the issue.

A US court, according to media report, sentenced two persons, including a Bangladeshi, over a bribery scheme for collecting information on Sajeeb Wazed Joy, son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, to kidnap and harm Joy and his family members.

The Bangladeshi national was identified as Rizvi Ahmed Ceaser, 36, son of Mohammed Ullah Mamun of Fairfield, Connecticut.

The court on Thursday sentenced Rizvi to 42 months while US national Johannes Thaler, 51, to 30 months in prison.

Both admitted to participating in a bribery scheme with Robert Lustyik, a former FBI special agent who worked with a
counterintelligence squad.

Rizvi confessed that he was advised by the BNP high command only to collect information on Joy and for that, he would get half a million US dollar. His father is a vice president of pro-BNP cultural body Jatiyatabadi Samajik Sangskritik Sangstha (Jasas).

Thaler was Lustyik's friend, and Rizvi was an acquaintance of Thaler. Rizvi had sought confidential law enforcement information, including a "Suspicious Activity Report," about Joy.

Rizvi assured two of his American co-conspirators that he would pay them $40,000 upfront and $30,000 per month if they could accomplish their job.

He also wanted them to erase all criminal records on Arafat Rahman Koko and Tarique Rahman, sons of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, from US FBI or intelligence records.


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