Khaleda Zia tells court

Punish me as much as you want

Punish me as much as you want

Dhaka, Sep 5 (Just News): BNP Chairperson begum Khaleda Zia today told the trial court that there is “no justice here”.

The BNP chief who entered the court on wheelchair told the court, “Punish me as much as you want, punish me as long as you want.”

The three times former premier said this after appearing before Special Judge Court-5 in connection with Zia Charitable Trust case.

The special court was shifted to the old central jail in Nazimuddin Road in Old Dhaka.

The Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Court-5 adjourned the hearing till September 12.

Clad in a pink dress, the BNP chairperson entered the court on a wheelchair around 12:24pm and she was seen having difficulty to move her left hand.

“The decision to shift the court was taken a week ago, then why the gazette notification was issued yesterday,” she asked the court.

Replying to query on her health condition, Khaleda Zia, while leaving the courtroom, told journalists that her left foot and hand have almost been paralysed.”

Her lawyers were not allowed to defend her, the BNP chief alleged.

The BNP chief is now in the jail after she was sentenced to a five-year imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust case since February 8.

Previously, the trial proceedings in the corruption case have taken place at a makeshift court in Bakshibazar area.

The law ministry issued a gazette yesterday, saying the proceedings in the Zia Charitable Trust case would now be held at the old Dhaka central jail on Nazimuddin Road.

The Anti-Corruption Commission had filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case against Khaleda Zia and three others with Tejgaon Police Station in August, 2011.