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Punish me as long as you want, Khaleda tells court

Published on: 5:43 pm - Wednesday | September 5, 2018

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Wednesday told the court “You can punish me for as long as you want, but I cannot come here in this situation. I know this court will not deliver fair justice.”

The former Prime Minister expressed her dissatisfaction over the trial proceedings inside the Old Dhaka jailhouse in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.

“This court cannot continue like this,” said Khaleda who was brought to the special court in a wheelchair.

In less than half an hour after the proceedings, Dhaka-5 Special Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman adjourned the court and set the next hearing for Sep 12-13, reports.

“My legs will swell if I keep sitting this way for long,” said Khaleda.

“You can punish me for as many days as you want, but I cannot stay here for too long,” Khaleda told the judge.

Khaleda complained that her left leg is swollen almost to the level of paralysis. “My left hand is almost in the same condition.”

The BNP chief was apparently exasperated by the government notice for the special court that was issued just a day before the trial inside the jailhouse.

Khaleda expressed her anger over the notice as she spoke to the waiting reporters on her way out.

“I know I’ll never get justice from this court.”

Khaleda appeared in court at 12.10pm. The court started the day at 12.15pm and wrapped it up at 12.43pm.

She wore her signature pink sari to court. She was in white shoes and sat through the court proceedings in her wheelchair with a bottle of water and a box of tissue in front of her.

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