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Khaleda doubtful over graft case verdict, places 6 conditions for next polls

Suzana Rahman

The courts cannot hold fair trials because they are ‘constrained by the government’, according to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. The BNP chief gave the statement following the announcement of the date for the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust case, during a BNP Executive Committee meeting. Khaleda Zia, being the chairperson started the event at the a hotel in Dhaka yesterday. Around 450 members of the BNP Executive Committee and members of the  Advisory Council were present, reports BDnews24.Khaleda will have to face life imprisonment if she is declared guilty in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8. Her eldest son, Tarique Rahman, is also an accused in this case. Khaleda also discussed the seven-year prison sentence given to Tarique Rahman by the High Court in a money laundering case after he was found to be not guilty by a trial court.The BNP chief said, “You see what happens even when a judge gives a fair verdict … they have to leave the country.” At the same event, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has presented with six conditions for challenging in the next parliamentary elections, reports The Daily Star. The conditions begin with the voting being under a neutral government. A peaceful environment should be maintained so that voters can arrive at the polling stations. Parliament will have to dissolve prior to the polls is the third one and the next one being the Election Commission working in order to maintain neutrality for holding a fair, free and all-inclusive general election. During the elections army must be deployed and it will act as a mobile force. EVM/ DVM machine is not applicable or should not be utilized during voting.Lower courts are now under the grip of the government and thus do not have the power to deliver judgments independently during the opening session, Khaleda Zia said. The BNP chief also called for national unity influencing all the political parties to come together. The meeting, that started after the BNP chief reached the hotel around 11:00am, adopted a motion of condolence expressing deep sorrow at the demise of BNP leaders and activists at various times.
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