Her reaction comes a day after the BNP chairperson told a special court, which is trying her in the graft case, to give her as much punishment as it wanted because she thinks she will not get justice
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday came down heavily on Khaleda Zia for her audacious comment in the court and said that the BNP chief wanted to avoid the trial as she had a “guilty and escaping mind.”
“Khaleda Zia did not appear before the court once in the past six months,even though the hearing dates in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case were fixed several times. And standing before the court she said she will not appear before it anymore. What type of remark is this?” the prime minister wondered.
“Can any citizen who obeys the law and the constitution utter such an audacious statement?” she questioned.
Hasina, also the Awami League president, was delivering her introductory speech at a meeting of her party’s Central Working Committee at Ganabhaban in Dhaka Wednesday evening, reports BSS.
Her reaction came a day after BNP Chairperson Khaleda told a special court, which is trying her in the graft case, during a hearing held inside the old Dhaka central jail to give her as much punishment as it wanted because she thought she will not get justice.
The government on Tuesday shifted the court to the prison citing security reasons, and the trial resumed on Wednesday.
Since her February 8 conviction in the Zia Orphanage corruption case, Khaleda has been serving five years in that jail.
The prime minister said if the BNP chief felt she was innocent, she must appear before the court.
She said when the last caretaker government filed cases, even the ones over murder, against her and issued an arrest warrant, she cut short her stay in the US and returned home to facethe challenge head-on because she knew that she was innocent.
“She [Khaleda] wants to avoid the trial and skip it because she has a guilty mind… She has an escapist mindset too as she's guilty… This is the reality,” said Hasina.