BNP Sees 'Vengeance' behind Coco Parole Repeal
Saturday, 21 August 2010

BNP senior joint secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has slated the government decision to cancel the parole of party chief Khaleda Zia's younger son Arafat Rahman Coco.

The decision has been made out of 'political vengeance', he claimed at a discussion organised by Shikkhok Karmachari Oikya Jote at the National Press Club on Friday.

The government on Thursday ordered Coco to return home and surrender by Aug 31, home secretary Abdus Sobhan Shikder had told

Alamgir said, "Arafat Rahman is very sick and he cannot even walk on his own. He also has respiratory problems and is currently under treatment."

"However, the government has cancelled his parole alleging violation of conditions. This is a politically ill-motivated government move," claimed the BNP leader.

"Prime minister Sheikh Hasina herself went abroad for treatment on parole during the 1/11 turmoil. Now her government has cancelled Coco's parole," added Alamgir.

"Currently, the democracy is under threat. Cases are filed whenever we speak. The government is ruling like fascists and oppressors.

"We should be united to protect the right to expression and democracy," said the BNP leader.

He went on to point out 6,000 cases against ruling Awami League have been cancelled while thousands of cases were filed against the opposition.

Home secretary Shkider had said the order was issued because Coco had violated his parole conditions. However, the government has not issued any order to this effect until Thursday evening.

The military-installed government that assumed power in 2007 had released Coco in May 2008 on parole so that he may travel abroad for medical treatment. His parole was being extended periodically since then.

He was arrested in GATCO corruption case on Sep 2, 2007.

On March 17, 2009, the Anticorruption Commission filed a money laundering case against him. The case detail said that Coco had laundered around Tk 130m out of the country.


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