Not holding trial of Zia’s killers is mysterious: Hasan

Staff Correspondent

31 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Saturday raised his eyebrows, as Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chief Khaleda Zia, while in power, did not hold the trial for the killing of her husband Ziaur Rahman.

“Questions are being raised by many as to whether there is any possibility that the truth will come out if the trial is held,” he said at a press briefing at Awami League president’s political office at Dhanmondi in the capital.

“BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia was in power for two times. Besides, once she had been in power forcibly for about a month after holding a questionable election. But she didn’t hold the trial,” said the minister.

About the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, Hasan said Prime Minister and AL President Sheikh Hasina has taken various steps in the country soon after the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan of China.

The port authorities carried out health tests on everyone who come from abroad, he added.

He said there is no country in the world which has been free from coronavirus.

In the United States, where healthcare and economic systems and management are much better, 6 percent of total diagnosed patients are dying, he added.

“The death rate in Belgium is 15 percent while 14 percent in Britain, 3.2 percent in India and over 2 percent in Pakistan. But the death rate in Bangladesh is 1.35 percent. The death rate could have increased if the health service system was bad,” said Hasan, also Awami League (AL) joint general secretary.