Govt pushes Khaleda to slow death thru imprisonment: SC Bar

Govt pushes Khaleda to slow death thru imprisonment: SC Bar

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Dhaka, July 15 – The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), dominated by pro-BNP lawyers, on Sunday alleged that the government wanted to push the BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia to slow death by keeping her in jail for a long time. At the same time, the SCBA also demanded the government to send her to the specialised United Hospital in Dhaka for her treatment on her personal cost as she wishes it.
SCBA President Advocate Zainul Abedin made the allegation and demand while he was speaking at a press conference at the SCBA auditorium in Dhaka yesterday.
Zainul Abedin said, “It is very regretful for us that the government wants to push Khaleda Zia to slow death by keeping her in jail for a long period of time.”
He also condemned the government stance saying that although Khaleda Zia has been groaning in her bed for some days due to her illness, but the government did not take any step for her treatment.
“On the one side, Khaleda Zia is not being provided with treatment and on the other side, no one is being allowed to meet her. Yesterday (Saturday) her elder sister was allowed to enter the jail to meet her, but she (Khaleda’s sister) could not meet her. It means, Khaleda is so sick that she cannot get up from the bed,” Abedin alleged.
Taking part in the press conference, SCBA Secretary Barrister AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon alleged that the government is trying to dispose of all proceedings of the Zia Orphanage Trust case quickly for ensuring her punishment for a long period of time, which will push her to death in jail.
We have demanded the government for several times to send her to the United Hospital for her treatment on her personal cost. But, the government did not do it only to push her to slow death by keeping her in jail for a long period of time, he added.
Advocate Zainul Abedin said Khaleda Zia has earlier suffered a mild stroke.
“Then we had demanded of the government to send her to United Hospital for her treatment. But, the government has kept her in confinement without giving her treatment,” he said.
He said Khaleda Zia has got bail from the apex court in the case in which she has been convicted.
But, the government is prolonging her confinement by showing her arrested in political cases one after another, Advocate Zainul added.
On February 8, the Special Judge’s Court-5 of Dhaka sentenced Khaleda to five years’ rigorous imprisonment after finding her guilty in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.
On March 12, the High Court had granted interim bail for four months to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the case and later the Appellate Division had on May 16 upheld the HC order granting bail to Khaleda in the case.
However, the BNP chief was not freed from jail, as she was shown arrested in some other cases filed with different police stations in Comilla, Dhaka, Narail and Panchagarh. The BNP chairperson is currently facing a total of 36 cases. – Staff Reporter
Meanwhile, the BNP on Sunday alleged that the government was trying to amend the Representation of the Peoples Order (RPO) to remove Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman from their party’s leadership and make them disqualified in taking part in the next general elections.
“The government has been hatching a deep conspiracy against our party chairperson Khaleda Zia and acting chairman Tarique Rahman. They’ are trying to induct a new section to the RPO in line with section 7 of BNP’s constitution which was dropped during the last national council session in 2016,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Addressing a press conference at party’s central office at Naya Paltan in the city, he said they came to know from credible sources that the government has taken a move to remove Khaleda and Tarique Rahman from the party’s leadership by adding the section to the RPO through the Election Commission (EC).
Mirza Alamgir further said they fear that the move was taken also to make Khaleda and Tarique disqualified for the national polls.
When contacted, EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed, however, denied taking any such move to bring about an amendment to the RPO.
“The EC no plan to bring any amendment to the RPO before the next general elections,” he said when his attention was drawn to the comments of the BNP secretary general.
He further said the political leaders should check their authenticity before making any comments.
The BNP leader alleged that the prime minister Wednesday in parliament made some ‘bizarre and false’ comment about the amendment of section 7 of BNP’s party charter.
“The section 7 of BNP’s constitution was amended at our sixth national council which was later submitted to the EC,” he added.
Ahead of the court verdict against Khaleda in Zia Orphanage Trust case on 8 February, BNP erased the section 7 of its constitution that barred a convicted person from staying in the committees of the party.
EC sources said a move was taken by the EC earlier but it is not effective now.

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