Joining virtually the programme held on the Bangladesh Supreme Court premises from her official residence Ganobhaban, the prime minister said that getting justice is the rights of the people.

"None would have to shed tears like me losing a father-mother. So, we want to make sure that people will get justice," she said.

The prime minister also greeted all concerned involved in publishing the book "Bangabandhu and the Judiciary" and a Mujib Borsho souvenir "Nyay Kontho" (Voice of Justice).

Terming 15 August, 1975 as the darkest time of the nation, Sheikh Hasina said the killers not only killed the then president (Bangabandhu) of the country, but also most of his family members.

She added that the Karbala incident even didn't witness such killings of women and children inhumanly.

Military dictator Ziaur Rahman, who was the main mastermind behind the killings and passed an indemnity ordinance to stop trial of the heinous killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, she said.

The prime minister further said that the trial of the killings would not have taken place had the Awami League not come to power.

She thanked the judges for canceling the indemnity ordinance paving the way to hold trial in the case, saying that several killers had already hanged to death following the verdict of the trial while few convicted killers have taken shelters in various countries--Rashed in the USA and Noor in Canada.

Sheikh Hasina said that the USA always talks about democracy and human rights but it has yet to hand over killer Rashed to Bangladesh despite it having appealed before each of the American governments to this end.

She said, "The biggest thing is that America always talks about human rights, justice, democracy, voting franchise, but they have given shelter to the convicted killer Rashed who violated our human rights and justice."

"After assuming office, I have repeatedly requested each of the American governments to send back the fugitive killer," she added.

The prime minister questioned how their (USA) judiciary gave shelter to a killer, Rashed, who was the commanding officer of carrying out a massacre in number house 32.

"How America, despite being the largest democratic country, can give shelter to the killer? What is the reason behind it, I don't know," she continued.

Noting that Canada is giving shelter to the convicted killer Noor, "It is a matter of the biggest surprise that we have to hear about democracy and the rule of law (who are giving shelter to the killers)."

Sheikh Hasina further said, "Now another responsibility has been left (after holding the trial in the Bangabandhu killing case) which is to reveal the conspiracy. There is no doubt that this will come to light."

Highlighting various measures taken for establishing an independent judiciary, she said, "We have ensured an independent judiciary after coming to power as my father (Bangabandhu) envisioned it."

The prime minister said that her government did not interfere in any activities of the judiciary likewise other governments referring to use of false certificates and discussion on who would get what verdict by keeping a hand on the shoulder of a Chhatra Dal activist.

"Many such heinous acts had taken place in Bangladesh," she said.

The prime minister said they have passed the Criminal Procedure Amendment Act, 2009 to make the judiciary separate, adding that her government has also made the judiciary independent economically after coming to power in 1996.

"We have to keep pace with the world. We want the country and its wings to move forward with due dignity. We have been taking measures in such a way," she added.

Sheikh Hasina further said they had established a training institute for enhancing the efficiency of the judges alongside sending them abroad for training.

The government has formed legal aid committees to ensure justice is obtained free of cost by the rural people, she added.

Sheikh Hasina also reiterated her call upon the authorities concerned to translate the court verdicts into Bangla not only in the higher courts but also in the courts across the country to make those understandable to the commoners.

The prime minister said many became used to writing verdicts in English because of a long-time practice and that is why it should not be logical to pressurize them to write judgments in Bangla, but in this case, a separate wing for translating verdicts both in Bangla and English can be set up.

She stressed the need for imparting training of translators to easily understand the judicial words and terms which are not used in general.

The prime minister mentioned that Bangladesh has now become a developing country as the democratic process has been prevailing since 2009 to 2021, saying, "We have to face many hurdles to reach this position. They (evil forces) have tried to create unrest by carrying out arson attacks taking Hefajat in front."

he said that Bangladesh has to march ahead further towards building a prosperous and developed country free from hunger and poverty as envisioned by the Father of the Nation.

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