Pro-BNP lawyers today expressed confusion over the authenticity of the document presented by State Minister for Home Affairs Shahriar Alam about BNP acting chairperson Tarique Rahman’s surrendering passport to the Bangladeshi High Commission in the UK.
“The document State Minister for Home Affairs Shahriar Alam presented before the nation through the media is untrue. The state minister for foreign affairs has to prove whether it is forged or not,” Barrister AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon, a joint secretary general of BNP, said.
He was speaking to a press conference organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) as its auditorium this afternoon.
Barrister Mahbub Uddin, also the secretary of the SCBA, said, “Bangladeshi Embassy” has been written in the document although it was supposed to be written as “Bangladeshi High Commission” as Britain and Bangladesh are Commonwealth member country.
“Dear Sirs” have been mentioned in the document, he said, adding that it should have been “Dear Sir”.
The lawyer said the letter presented by the state minister for foreign affairs was submitted in June 2014.
But, the state minister for home affairs placed it before the nation on May 23 this year few months before upcoming national election out of political intention, he said.
In the letter, names of four persons --Tarique Rahman, ZaimaZamaz Rahman, Zubaida Rahman and Moynul Islam were mentioned, but retention was sought for one person, which is confusing, Barrister Mahbub Uddin said.
SCBA President and BNP Vice Chairman Advocate Zainul Abedin said Tarique Rahman has sought asylum to the United Kingdom under the British law for political reasons.
The UK authorities have given travel documents to Tarique Rahman, he said, adding that Tarique has not given up his Bangladeshi citizenship.