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26 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Nusrat murder trial ‘to end in record time’

Another accused held
Staff Reporter, Dhaka

Law Minister Anisul Huq said yesterday (Thursday) that the prosecution team has completed ground preparations for the Nusrat murder trial and it will end in a "record time". “We will take steps to complete the Nusrat murder trial in a ‘record time’, like the Rajon murder trial,” the law minister made the observation while talking to reporters at a press briefing at his ministry on observing National Legal Aid Day on April 28. The law minister said: “All people, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, are angry over the killing of Nusrat and they have expressed keen interest to see the end of the trial. The prosecution has made ground preparations needed to complete a trial within the due process of law. As soon as the formal charges are formed, we will take steps to end the trial in a record time, like the Rajon murder trial.” In a latest development, the PBI yesterday arrested another suspect from Ukilpara area in Feni district in connection with the murder of Nusrat Jahan Rafi, adds Our Correspondent from Noakhali.

The arrestee was identified as Mahiuddin Shakil of Uttar Char Chandiya area of the upazila and a student of the same Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa of which Nusrat was also a student.
In replying to another query, the law minister said most of the time trial proceedings are not completed within the stipulated time.
“We are trying to find out why the Speedy Trial Tribunal is unable to complete the trial proceedings within the specified 180 working days.  We have directed the authorities concerned for quick disposal of cases,” he added.
Replying to another question on what kind of legal help the ministry can provide to BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia for her release on parole, Anisul said she does not have any qualification or she does not fall in any category to avail of the benefit.
“To get the government’s legal help, one has to be financially insolvent, penniless or unable to get justice because of various socio-economic reasons. Now, you tell me, in which category she falls to avail of the government’s legal help?” he said.
In response to another query, the law minister said the limit of applying for legal aid would increase as the income source of a day labourer has increased. The minister narrated different activities being carried out by the present government to provide legal aid to people free of cost.
“A total of 393,790 people have been given legal aid free of cost from 2009 to March 2019. Of them, 66,402 were prisoners. In the seventh five-year plan, where we had set a goal to provide legal help to 37,000 justice-seekers annually by 2020, we provided legal help to 82,000 in FY2017-18 alone. We have set a target of providing legal help to 90,000 justice-seekers in FY2018-19,” he added.
Nusrat Jahan Rafi, a madrasa student of Feni, lost her battle for life at Dhaka Medical College Hospital last night, five days after she was set ablaze—an incident that sparked outrage all over the country.
A group of four unidentified persons poured kerosene on the 18-year-old girl and set her on fire on April 6, for refusing to withdraw a case against the principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa over sexual assault on her late last month.

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