Law Minister Anisul Huq has rejected a claim made by BNP leaders and lawyers that the government shifted a court to jail precinct to punish party chief Khaleda Zia through in-camera trial.
He said the court was relocated for ensuring adequate safety of BNP chief Khaleda Zia who could not appear before court on the ground.BNP leaders and party affiliated lawyers are intentionally spreading rumours about court transfer to make the trial controversial, he opined.
Anisul made the comment on the side-line of a roundtable discussion on rights of sweepers and other low-class people at the Daily Samakal office in the capital on Thursday. The Daily Samakal, HEKS/EPER Bangladesh and Creative Media Limited jointly organised the event.
People are not allowed to see and journalists to cover report on the proceedings of a case if tried in-camera, but the trial Khaleda Zia is not like that, he said.
Law minister said, “You (journalists) know that a special court started trial of Khaleda Zia in the case seven months ago. But main accused do not appear before the court quoting security reason. Therefore, the government shifted the court to the jail to ensure her security. I think shift of court has not curtailed any of her rights.”
Citing Khaleda Zia’s talk to the journalists during her court appearance on Wednesday, the law minister said the incident bears testimony to transparency of the trial proceeding.