Khaleda denies justice by SC - BNP alleges

Khaleda denied justice by SC – BNP alleges

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Dhaka – BNP on Monday alleged that its chairperson Khaleda Zia was denied justice by the Supreme Court as its order staying her bail until May 8 has reflected the government’s desire.Speaking at a press conference, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also alleged that the final nail has been put in democracy’s coffin by not giving bail to Khaleda Zia by the Supreme Court.“We’re saying with anger that the Supreme Court’s order (on Khaleda’s bail) has reflected government’s will. Khaleda Zia and we’ve been denied justice by the country’s highest court which is people’s last resort,” he said.Over two hours after the Supreme Court’s order on Khaleda’s bail, the BNP secretary general came up with the party’s official reaction at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.Earlier in the day, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court stayed Khaleda Zia’s bail till May 8 in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case in which she was sentenced to five years’ jail by a lower court. Fakhrul alleged that the government is obstructing the legal process very consciously to prolong Khaleda’s stay in jail.He said the main motive behind keeping Khaleda in jail is to completely bury democracy. “We think the last nail in democracy’s coffin was put today (Monday) by not giving our leader bail.”On February 8 last, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former Prime Minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.The BNP leader accused the government of snatching people’s all rights using state machinery, including the judiciary. “We strongly condemn and protest the government’s repressive acts and the use of the judiciary for its own interests.”He called upon all political parties, democracy-loving people and social organisations to get united and forge a movement to overcome the current ‘political ‘crisis.Fakhrul said usually a person convicted not for more than five years get bail from the Supreme Court. “Though it was her legal right, she (Khaleda) didn’t get bail.”He alleged that law forcers entered the apex court with arms on Sunday breaking the norms and tradition of the court.The BNP leader said the government has kept Khaleda in jail only to return to power by holding another lopsided election as per its blueprint. He also said the lower court is not hearing bail petitions of their party’s arrested leaders, including Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, as it is now run by the Law Ministry.BNP standing committee members Mirza Abbas, Nazrul Islam Khan, vice-chairmen Abdul Awal Mintoo, AZM Zahid Hossain and BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi were, among others, present.UNB

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