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No requests to stop War Crimes trial, asserts Foreign Minister Dipu Moni: Foreign Minister Dipu Moni on December 28, said nobody requested the Government to stop the trial of the War Crimes accused. "Nobody asked Bangladesh to halt the war crimes trial," she told reporters when her attention was drawn to a report about the Turkish President Abdullah Gul's letter to President M Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina requesting them not to give death penalty to the War Crimes accused. Financial Express, December 29, 2012.

6,077 persons including JeI-ICS cadres and BNP members sued in Pabna and Bogra Districts: As many as 6,077 persons including cadres of Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) members have been sued on charges of attack on Policemen in Pabna District and torching a cotton-laden truck in Bogra District on December 19. In the violent clash at least 10 people, including three Policemen were also injured in Pabna District. Daily Star, December 21, 2012.

GNLA 'foreign secretary' arrested in Tangail District: Briansim Marak alias Bikdot Nikjang, 'foreign secretary' of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), a militant outfit operating in India's Northeast, was arrested by the Bangladesh security forces from Madhupur area in Tangail District on December 15. He was arrested on the inputs from Meghalaya Police. Nikjang had earlier acted as both 'political and publicity secretary' of the GNLA. Shilong Times, December 17, 2012.

International lobbyists hired to hinder War Crimes Trial, alleges Foreign Minister Dipu Moni: Vested interest groups have appointed international lobbyists in different countries to hinder the ongoing War Crimes Trial, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said on December 13. "We don't have any pressure from the outside, but lobbyists from all over the world are being appointed at the expense of huge money," she commented. Daily Star, December 14, 2012.

JeI a terrorist party, asserts Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu: Branding Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) as a terrorist and militant party, Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu on December 7 said it was the people who would judge whether the party would remain or not in Bangladesh's democracy. Inu, the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President, said, "They (Jamaat) want to provide compensation for the vandalism to an American embassy car. But who will provide compensation for the damaged vehicles of citizens". The Daily Star, December 8, 2012.

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