POST TIME: 1 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Khaleda conviction
AG believes HC to uphold verdict
Govt trying to keep Khaleda in jail for long: SCBA president

AG believes HC to 
uphold verdict

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam has said that the lower court's five-year jail verdict against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will be upheld by the higher court. “I believe that the verdict will be upheld in the appeal,” he said. The chief law officer of the state made the observation while talking to reporters at his Supreme Court chamber yesterday. “It is very unfortunate that pro-BNP lawyers are trying to blame us for their failure. I could not submit any political statement before the court during the hearing on the bail petition filed by Khaleda Zia. I just submitted the legal argument on the matter,” he noted.

They submitted their arguments before the court, seeking bail for Khaleda Zia, he said, adding, “We also submitted our arguments opposing  her bail. Now, the HC can grant bail to the BNP chief, if it thinks so.”

Earlier in the morning, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president, Advocate Joynul Abedin, alleged at a press briefing that the government is trying to keep Khaleda Zia in jail for a long time.

“The government delayed providing the certified copy of the verdict in many ways. Hence, we could not file the bail petition within a short time. After the bail petition was filed,

the government and the ACC lawyer took time from the court, delaying hearing on the bail petition,” Joynul Abedin, who is also one of the counsel for the BNP chief, said. He also alleged that the chief law officer of the state made some political statements before the court during the hearing on the bail petition.

“We did not make any comment against Attorney General Mahbubey Alam’s statement to avoid chaos in the court in the greater interest of the BNP chief’s bail,” he added. He also alleged that the law minister was trying to divide the pro-BNP lawyers. But the pro-BNP lawyers did not fall into the trap. They filed the bail petition in accordance with the law, he added.

On Tuesday, the law minister alleged that Khaleda Zia had to go to jail due to the failure of the BNP lawyers.

Former prime minister Khaleda Zia is currently serving a five-year jail term in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. She was sentenced on February 8. Her lawyers challenged the lower court verdict and sought bail for her on February 22.

The HC heard the bail petition on February 25. The petition is currently pending before the HC, which said it would deliver the order after getting the case records from the lower court.

According to lower court sources, the case records may not be sent to the HC today as it will take time for processing.