Dhaka, 11 July, Abnews: BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said nobody is currently being allowed to meet the party chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail.
He termed it as contrary to the jail code and violation of human rights.
The BNP stalwart said this in a press briefing at the party’s Nayapaltan central in the capital on Wednesday.
Fakhrul said BNP chief Khaleda Zia is now being deprived of constitutional rights which she is supposed to receive as a captive. Family members have not been allowed to meet her for last 11 days. They met her for the last time on June 30. Not only we the party leaders, but also lawyers and physicians are not allowed to meet her.
He said, “We are alleging from the very beginning that traps of different cases were made against the BNP chairperson. She was rapidly given punishment setting up a separate court in a bid to minus her from the politics. Their thrones of way will be removed once they are able to make her quit.”
On Feb 8, a Dhaka court sentenced BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to five years of rigorous imprisonment and fines her Tk 2 crore for financial irregularities in the Zia Orphanage Trust.
After Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, Khaleda is the second head of the government convicted in a graft case.
The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July 3, 2008 with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, now living in the UK, and four others of misappropriating over 2.10 crore that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.
Four other accused are former BNP MP Salimul Haq Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, former principal secretary Kamal Uddin Siddique and Mominur Rahman, nephew of late President Ziaur Rahman. Kamal Uddin Siddique and Mominur Rahman have long been absconding.