Dhaka, 7 Feb, Abnews: A Dhaka court is expected to deliver its verdict against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and five others in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on Thursday.
Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Court-5 of Bakshibazar in Dhaka on January 25 fixed the date to hand down the verdict, after the prosecution and defence counsels completed their 16-day closing arguments in presence of Khaleda.
The main accused in the case BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is set appear in the court during the announcement of the verdict, according to her lawyer Sanaullah Mia.
Alleging that the country’s trial system has been turned into a mockery, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Wednesday said she is doubtful about getting justice tomorrow and asserted that she will not bow down.
“As the judiciary is not independent, I’m doubtful about getting justice tomorrow (Thursday). I want to emphatically tell the countrymen 'Your Khaleda Zia didn't commit anything unfair;' I did not do any corruption,'” the former prime minister said at a press conference she called on the eve of a verdict to be delivered by a makeshift court in a graft case filed against the former prime minister.
Khaleda Zia further said, ‘There is no justice, no insaf the country. There’s no security of people here. The trial process has been turned into a mockery through interference and politicisation. People want to get rid of the situation. They’re looking at BNP.’
‘I’m ready to face any circumstances. It’s useless to threaten me with jail term. I won’t bow down and turn back from the struggle aimed at establishing people’s rights. They [govt] want to keep me away from politics using the court. But, I think, they won’t be able score in the empty field this time like in 2014,’ she said.