The law ministry on Monday shifted 16 cases filed against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia to the makeshift court at Bakshibazar in the capital.
The ministry issued three gazette notifications regarding the transfer of the cases.The notifications say the ministry took the decision to hold trial proceedings of the cases against Khaleda in a single court on security grounds.
Talking to reporters at the secretariat over the government decision, Law Minster Anisul Huq said the cases against Khaleda Zia were shifted to a single court for security concern, not for any political reason. He said, “Each time Khaleda appears before the court for hearings, she brings around 300-400 people with her. Considering the security measures from both sides, the ministry has taken the decision to hold the trial proceedings of 16 cases in a single court”.
“The shifting of the cases to the makeshift court is not for speeding up the trial proceedings. The trial will continue in due process”, he said.
Before talking to reporters, the minister held a meeting with the speaker of London Tower Hamlet, Sabina Akthar, at his secretariat office when he sought the repatriation of the convicted killers of intellectuals during the 1971 Liberation War. The minister expressed the hope that the United Kingdom will return convicted war criminals Chowdhury Moinuddin and Ashrafuzzaman.
Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division Senior Secretary Mohammad Shahidul Haque and Law and Justice Division Additional Secretary Mustafizur Rahman were also present during the briefing.