PM-ALCWC-MEETING 2 DHAKA
Urging the BNP to refrain from resorting to falsehood about the trial of Khaleda Zia in the Zia Charitable Trust Case, the premier categorically said it is not a camera trial.
“It’s not a camera trial … considering the security of the BNP leader, the court has been set up at the jail gate. The door of the court remained open and the BNP lawyers sat and were moving freely outside the courtroom, but didn’t enter the court,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said setting up court at the jail gate is nothing new. “Court was set up at the jail gate many times in the past and trial was held through the court,” she said, adding that the BNP wants to misguide the people cantering the issue.
Referring to the BNP’s comment that establishing court at the jail gate is unconstitutional, the prime minister said: “It’s unfortunate for us that we have to learn about constitution from that party which was born unconstitutionally and grabbed power violating constitution.”
“What is unconstitutional here … the BNP wants to say Zia could set up court at the jail gate as he grabbed power violating constitution and others cannot do it. So they acknowledge that those who capture power illegally could only do unconstitutional work,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the BNP lawyers remain absent from the court as they think that there will be no benefit or they are boycotting the court. “Which is correct it’s the matter of judgment,” she said. The prime minister said the court appropriately punished Khaleda Zia as she did not give money to the orphans, rather she embezzled that money.