Sheikh Hasina establishes rule of law: Lawmakers

SANGSAD BHABAN: Lawmakers from treasury and opposition benches today termed that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina established rule of law in the country as a court gave verdict on corruption case against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia for amassing huge money in the name of Zia Orphanage Trust.

Taking part in the unscheduled discussion in the Jatiya Sangsad they said the corruption case on Zia Orphanage Trust was filed against Khaleda Zia and others in July 2008. The case was continued around 10 years with recording the statements from prosecution and defence.

The parliamentarians said that finally the court announced verdict handing down Khaleda Zia five years imprisonment for committing corruption. She was sent to jail for five years while others including Tarique Rahman faced ten years imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust Corruption case.

Joining the discussion, senior lawmaker Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim came down heavily on Khaleda Zia as well as others saying BNP does not abide the country’s law, as she entered into the court after her scheduled time. “She (Khaleda Zia) wanted to foil the trial for that reason she and her cadres tried to create incident on the eve of the court verdict, but the BNP cadres failed,” he added.

He said the BNP cadres attacked on Bangladesh High Commission in London and vandalized portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina only to foil the trial of corruption case.

The Awami league government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina believed rule of law but Ziaur Rahman took power and ran the country for five years by marshal law and banned all trials including Bangabandhu killing case, Selim told the House. He said the BNP is a terrorist and militant party.

Besides, Tariqat Federation lawmaker Syed Nazibul Bashar Maizbhandari, Jatiya Samastantrik Dal members Shirin Akter and Nazmul Haque Prodhan, treasury bench member Fazilatun Nesa Bappy, BNF member Abul Kalam Azad joined the discussion.