Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said jail is not a place for leading a luxurious life or for spending leisure time.
He made the remarks on Sunday while relying to queries from reporters in his office about the provision of division facilities to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and allowing housemaid for her in jail.
“The BNP chief is getting facilities available in all jails as per jail code,” said Quader, also general secretary of Awami League.
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Mentioning that during the quasi-military regime of Fakhruddin Ahmed, BNP chief Khaleda and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina were not provided with any housemaid in sub-jails set up for them, Quader said there is no such example of allowing domestic help with great leaders like Moulana Bhasani and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in prison.
Asked why Khaleda has been kept at an abandoned building, the minister claimed that it is not an abandoned building at all. “She has been kept at the office of jail superintendent after its renovation, and it is a well furnished one.”
About bringing back four other convicts in the Zia Orphanage Trust Graft Case, including BNP acting Chairman Tarique Rahman, Quader said Interpol has already been informed officially about the matter.
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Replying to queries about other corrupt politicians, Quader said the verdict against Khaleda Zia is a cautionary signal for other corrupt politicians.
Two ministers of the incumbent government are regularly appearing before court in cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission. A lawmaker is serving jail term in a murder case and 100 Chhatra League activists and a good number of Awami League activists are now in jail, said Quader. “This proves that we don’t spare anybody. During the BNP regime, there was no such example.”
A Dhaka court on Thursday sentenced former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to five years in imprison in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.