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Verdicts against Khaleda will reflect PM’s desire: BNP

| Updated: January 26, 2018 00:57:06

Verdicts against Khaleda will reflect PM’s desire: BNP

The BNP alleged that the verdicts in two graft cases filed against party's chairperson Khaleda Zia will reflect the Prime Minister's desire.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came up with the statement on behalf of his party on Thursday at a press conference at the party's Nayapaltan central office.

Mentioning Prime Minister's special envoy HM Ershad's recent statement, Fakhrul said "this illegal government has already written the verdict. So, it was unnecessary to hold the farce in the name of trial."

Fakhrul termed the Jatiya Party Chairman's comment contemptuous and questioned why the government did not take any action against him.

Fakhrul also said Ershad's comment has exposed that there is now rule of law in the country, and justice here is a far cry.

Recently, Ershad had said Khaleda Zia will have to go to jail within a few days.

Meanwhile, the Special Court-5 in Dhaka on Thursday fixed February 8 to deliver verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case against Khaleda and 5 others.

On August 8, 2011, the commission filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.

Fakhrul alleged that the government filed 24 false cases against Khaleda to keep her away from the next general election.

"Of the cases, the trials in these two are at the final stage. The entire trial process has come under question with the court's unprecedented order to give our chairperson day-basis bail," he said.

According to UNB, he said the government wants to promptly end the trial of the cases to keep Khaleda out of politics as it seriously fears her.

"We condemn the government's such efforts," he added.

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