Court area goes under unprecedented security blanket

Court area goes under high security: Khaleda on way

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Khaleda's motorcade on way to Bakshibazar - from M Abdullah's post on Facebook

Khaleda’s motorcade on way to Bakshibazar – from M Abdullah’s post on Facebook

Dhaka, Feb 8 – Law enforcers have taken unprecedented security measures in Bakshibazar and its surrounding areas in Old Dhaka on Thursday as a makeshift court is set to deliver verdict in a graft case against BNP Chief Khaleda Zia.BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia started heading towards Bakshibazar special court which is set to deliver its verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case against her and five others Thursday.
The BNP chief left her Gulshan residence for the court around 11:45am amid tight security.                                                                        Huge police and Rab members have been deployed in the area. They have set up check-posts at different points and are searching vehicles and suspected people to prevent ‘unwarranted’ people from entering the area.
While talking to reporters after visiting the area, DMP Commissioner Asaduzaman Miah said,” We’re trying to ensure people’s security. No one is above the law.”
Law enforcers have installed a mobile network jamming device at Bakshibazar court premises.
No one, except lawyers and journalists, is allowed to enter Bakshibazar makeshift court area.
Police have cordoned off a number of BNP lawyers near the court.
While entering the court area, BNP standing committee member Barrister Moudud Ahmed said,” Now the whole country is cordoned off. No complaint against Khaleda Zia could be proved. She’ll be relieved if she gets justice.”
The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July 3, 2008 with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, now living in the UK, and four others of misappropriating over 2.10 crore that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans. BNP lawyers told the court cases filed against leaders of other political parties during that regime of military-backed caretaker government were withdrawn on the ground of their being ‘political’. Cases filed against BNP leaders were followed up.                                                                                                                                                                                                   Four other accused are former BNP MP Salimul Haq Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, former principal secretary Kamal Uddin Siddique and Mominur Rahman, nephew of late President Ziaur Rahman.
Kamal Uddin Siddique and Mominur Rahman have long been absconding. – UNB

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