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SCBA : Camera trial to punish Khaleda illegally

  • Published at 03:50 pm September 6th, 2018
File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

He made the allegation at a press conference on Thursday

Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Advocate Zainul Abedin alleged that the government has set up a makeshift court inside Old Dhaka Central Jail, with plans to hold a camera trial to illegally punish BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Advocate Zainul made the allegation while addressing a press conference at the SCBA building on Thursday. 

The event was organized to protest a gazette notification issued on September 4 saying that the trial of the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case against Khaleda will be held at the administrative building of the old central jail.

Claiming that the court has been set up in Old Dhaka Central Jail so that people cannot see or understand the illegal activities of the government, in the name of a trial, Zainul Abedin said: “According to the article 35 (3) of the constitution and Section 352 of the code of criminal procedure, a court will be set up at such a place where people can enter.

“The makeshift court which was set up in Dhaka Old Central Jail, is contradictory to the constitution and the CrPC.”

The SCBA president also alleged that there are no legal grounds on which to hold the trial against Khaleda in the illegal court. 

The SCBA Secretary AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon was also present on the occasion.

Earlier, on Tuesday, the Law Ministry issued a gazette notification, declaring that the proceedings of Zia Charitable Trust case would be held at Old Dhaka Central Jail on Nazimuddin Road for security reasons.

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia remains imprisoned since February 8 this year, after her conviction and sentencing in the Zia Orphanage trust graft case.