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Monday, March 9, 2015, Falgun 25, 1421 BS, Jamadi ul Awwal 17, 1436 Hijr

BNP behind bid to kidnap Joy: MPs
Published : Monday, 9 March, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 29

Awami League MPs have alleged that the BNP leadership was involved in a conspiracy to 'kidnap' Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's son Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy.
They based their allegations on the recent sentencing of a BNP leader's son in the US for bribing a FBI special agent to gain information of the whereabouts of a 'prominent opposition leader in Bangladesh'. The ruling lawmakers were joined during the session on Sunday by independent and Jatiya Party deputies who demanded exemplary punishment to those involved. The PM was also present in Parliament at the time. Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah, who was presiding over the proceedings, urged the government to look into the matter.
Rizve Ahmed Caesar, 36, son of Mohammad Ullah Mamun, Vice-President of BNP's cultural wing JaSaS, was sentenced by US District Judge Vincent L Briccetti of the Southern District of New York on Mar 4. A Connecticut-resident, Caesar had earlier pleaded guilty to bribing Special Agent Robert Lustyik for confidential documents and secret information of US law-enforcing agencies between September 2011 and March 2012.
He requested the confidential information to help him locate and harm his political rival and others associated with the intended victim, a US Justice Department statement said. Although the Justice Department records kept the identity of the intended victim a secret, several media in Bangladesh claimed that it was Joy. The AL lawmakers have now made similar claims.     ?

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