'We didn't arrest her for politics. Had we wanted to, we could have done that in 2015 and 2014. She's in jail due to a court verdict. The case proceedings continued for 10 years,' Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said.
Pointing at BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told parliament on Wednesday that the government had no political motive in arresting her. Rather, she is in jail following a court conviction, for embezzling the money of orphans.
"We didn't arrest her for politics. Had we wanted to, we could have done that in 2015 and 2014. She's in jail due to a court verdict. The case proceedings continued for 10 years," she said, replying to a supplementary question from Awami League MP, Nurjahan Begum (Women Seat-42).
The leader of the House said the BNP chairperson is in jail after being convicted on corruption charges for embezzling the money of orphans.
"There are many seasoned lawyers and Barristers in BNP. But all of them failed to prove that Khaleda Zia is innocent," she added.
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Sheikh Hasina said BNP even amended the party's charter just before the court's verdict because BNP leaders knew she was an offender.
"This is a stigma (Kolonko) for women since a woman is a mother. How can a mother steal or misuse the money of an orphan? It's a shame for women as a whole," Hasina said.
The prime minister said they always want a democratic process to continue in the country and the country will march forward smoothly as it does now.
About the election system, she said more than 6,000 elections – local government polls and by-polls were conducted during her government’s tenure, under her but no one can raise any questions against any election.