Outlawed leader found dead in Jhenaidah
Police have recovered a bullet-riddled body of an outlawed leader of Purba Bangla Communist Party (PBCP) from Mohanpur village under Kotchandpur upazila in Jhenaidah. The deceased is Nasir Uddin alias Debashis, 47, son of Liakat Ali of Talina village under the upazila. Shahidul Islam Shahin, officer-in-charge of Kotchandpur police said: “Being informed, police recovered his body from a field in the morning. A bullet mark was spotted in Nasir’s chest. ” He might have been killed over previous enmity, said the OC. The body was sent to Jhenadah sadar hospital morgue for autopsy. Nasir was involved in criminal activities including robbery in Jhenaidah for last 15 years, added the police official.
Tunceli Bar Association president given 6 years of jail time
The bar association president of Turkey’s southeastern Tunceli province, Uğur Yeşiltepe, has been sentenced to six years and three months in prison for being a member of the outlawed Maoist Communist Party (MKP), after the Supreme Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision on Tuesday. The 9th Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Appeals upheld on Tuesday a local court’s verdict sentencing Yeşiltepe and six others to six years and three months each in prison after holding a commemoration in 2012 for the victims of the Dersim massacre, a 1937 incident that took place in Turkey’s predominantly Alevi region of Tunceli. Turkish Bar Association (TBB) President Metin Feyzioğlu, executives of the TBB and 68 provincial bar association heads issued statements calling the verdict “unacceptable.”
Speaking to the press, Yeşiltepe said he was punished based only on his professional activities and that he was not fairly tried. He added that he plans to appeal his conviction with the Constitutional Court. If the sentence is implemented, Yeşiltepe will be the second bar head to be jailed in Turkish history after former İstanbul Bar Association President Orhan Adli Apaydın, who was arrested during the Sept. 12, 1980, coup period.
Chand demands National Political Assembly
KATHMANDU, Jan 22: Netra Bikram Chand led CPN Maoist on Thursday demanded formation of a National Political Conference constituting a legitimate authority to press ahead with the delivery of a new constitution laced with a new consensus and embodying the spirit of all marginalized communities, classes and sector. The newly formed party which broke off from CPN-Maoist led by Mohan Baidya called a press conference here putting forth a range of demands including adherence to the past agreements between the then Maoists and the parliamentary forces to draft a new constitution inclusive of the demands of the indigenous nationalities, Dalit, women, Madhesi and Muslim community.
The party Spokesperson Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma said the current Constituent Assembly formed against agreement must be dissolved and a constitution drafted over a new agreement. In view of the latest political development where the parliamentary parties are moving ahead unilaterally by ditching the prospect of an agreement, there are no alternative to implementing the repeated agreements reached with the Maoists, Bishwokarma said. On a different note, the leader said the immediate prospect of unification with UCPN (Maoist) was slim.