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Speedy trial act to be in force for 5yrs more

Draft proposal to be placed before cabinet soon
DEEPAK ACHARJEE, Dhaka
Speedy trial act to be in force for 5yrs more

Seventeen years after the Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) (Amendment) Act was enacted, the ruling Awami League (AL) is going to extend its life for five more years. In 2014, for the sixth time, the government had extended the tenure of the law which was first enacted by the BNP-Jamaat alliance government in 2002 with the aim of preventing “disruptions of law and order”. The AL, which was then in the opposition in 2002, had termed the law a “black law”.

However, the current government led by the AL is now saying that it is required to be continued in the greater interest of the people for completion of the trial of a number of sensational cases on a priority basis within the shortest possible time.

In this context, the home ministry has prepared a draft proposal to extend the Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) (Amendment) Act, 2019, for five more years for ensuring effective and quick trials for crimes such as extortion, tender manipulation, vandalism and mugging.

A high-ranking official of the home ministry said they will send the draft proposal to the Cabinet Division soon for placing it before the next cabinet meeting, seeking its approval.

Currently, the maximum penalty for offences under the Speedy Trial Act is seven years, which has been increased for two years from five years by parliament in 2018.

Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told The Independent that they are going to extend the tenure of the Act for five more years, considering that the sensitive cases should be tried within the shortest possible time by the speedy trial tribunals.

“A number of cases have been pending for a long time. It would be possible to complete the trial process of some cases within a short time on a priority basis,” he said.

Sources said that the Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) (Amendment) Act would be placed before the current session of parliament (Jatiya Sangsad) for passage.

In 2014, the Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) (Amendment) Act was extended for five years.

On February 11, 2018, Parliament had passed a bill that increased the maximum jail term to seven years from five years for disrupting law and order.

According to the draft Act, anyone responsible for committing offenses like disrupting law and order with extortion, disrupting traffic movement, tender manipulation, threatening someone, mugging and terrorising people, as well as vandalism of public property and immovable property will face a minimum of two years and a maximum seven years of rigorous imprisonment along with a fine.

The law has a provision for completing trials within 120 days, with an option to extend it for another 60 days.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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