Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Tuesday said that Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia has not been shown arrested in any other cases.
“Wrong information has been spread in this regard. Khaleda Zia is shown arrested in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case after being convicted by the court," the home minister told a group of newsmen at his office at Bangladesh Secretariat.
Khaleda’s counsel and Bangladesh Bar Council member Md Kaimul Haque told Prothom Alo on Monday that Gulshan police station has already shown Khaleda arrested in the Comilla arson attack case.
Now kept in Nazimuddin Road jail, the abandoned central jail, in the city following her five-year imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust case, Khaleda Zia has been facing as many as 34 lawsuits. Warrant for her arrest has been issued in four cases so far.
UNB news agency reported the home minister said Khaleda “is also facing trials of Barapukuria coalmineand Gatco graft case and will appear before the court during the hearing of these cases."
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Asked 'why the BNP chief was kept in the abandoned jail in Dhaka', the home minister said, "It was decided for convenience, Kashimpur jail is far away from Dhaka and it has lots of prisoners which could trigger difficulties. Also there is no female ward in Keraniganj central jail."
"Khaleda Zia is an ex-prime minister and she has a social status. Considering everything, she’s been kept in Dhaka," he added.