Talks will fail if Hasina is not released: Awami League

April 19th, 2008 - 4:40 pm ICT by admin  

Dhaka, April 19 (IANS) The Awami League has linked the success of any dialogue with Bangladesh’s caretaker government to the release of its detained chief Sheikh Hasina, who is ailing and wants to go abroad for medical treatment. A senior leader of the party was Saturday quoted as saying that a dialogue with the government would be meaningless if Hasina was not sent to the US for treatment.

The party has launched a campaign, beginning with a signature drive, to press the demand that Hasina, a former prime minister, be released on parole.

But Home Advisor Major General (retired) M.A. Matin said the government was not thinking of releasing Hasina immediately.

Hasina was arrested in July last year on charges of extortion. According to her party, the accusations are politically motivated.

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