Verdict against Md. Yunus won't affect relations with US: Foreign Secretary Md. Yunus
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Verdict against Md. Yunus won't affect relations with US: Foreign Secretary

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 02 Jan 2024, 05:55 pm

Dhaka, Jan 2: Foreign Secretary Masood bin Momen said that the six-month prison sentence of Nobel-winning economist Dr. Muhammad Yunus in the case of violation of the labor law will not affect relations with the United States.

He said this in response to a question on the impact of the Yunus issue on Bangladesh's relations with the United States at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday afternoon.

The foreign secretary said that it is normal that the relationship between the state and the state should not be affected because of one person. We have gone through a legal process and he has the opportunity to appeal or get bail. So there is an ongoing legal process. I don't want to comment more than that.

Last August, former US President Barack Obama and former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, including 160 citizens of different countries around the world, published a joint letter condemning the "continuous judicial harassment" against Yunus. Among the signatories of the letter were more than a hundred Nobel laureates. They said they were concerned about the 'safety and civil rights' of Dr. Muhammad Yunus.

The international human rights organization Amnesty International called for an immediate end to Yunus's trial after it began in September, alleging that he was being "harassed".

In addition to the French news agency AFP, France24, US media Bloomberg, British news agency Reuters, Qatar-based media Al Jazeera, Hong Kong-based media South China Morning Post, Indian English daily The Hindu, Hindustan Times, United Arab Emirates' Gulf News, Malaysian media Malaysian Insight. , Pakistan's ARY News and international media have published the news of the sentence against Dr. Yunus.