Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said criminals must be tried, no matter how powerful they are.

“Criminals have no party… their identity is just criminals and they must be tried, no matter how powerful they are,” Sheikh Hasina, now in Italy, said this in parliament in a scripted reply in response to a tabled question of Awami League MP Gloria Jharna Sarker (Reserved Seat-30).

The prime minister further said the judiciary carries out its trial proceedings independently and without any influence during the Awami League government, reports news agency UNB.

The judiciary has gained public trust and confidence with the establishment of the rule of law and justice, she added.

Sheikh Hasina mentioned the court verdicts and trial progress in various sensational cases, including the murder cases of Feni Madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi, BUET student Abrar Fahad, and the murder of Rifat from Barguna and Narayanganj seven-murder case.

“These murders are not only sensational ones, but also tantamount to social and moral degradation of people. But we completed the trial of these killings speedily through the judiciary. So, relief has been restored in public mind,” she said.

In reply to another starred question from AL MP Shafiqul Islam Shimul (Natore-2), the prime minister placed her government’s 25-point plan for the development of the healthcare services in the country.