Senior Correspondent, bdnews24.com
Published: 2019-05-21 21:29:01 BdST
BNP Standing Committee Member Moudud Ahmed, who is also a lawyer for Khaleda, says they will move the High Court to halt the government bid to shift trials of the former prime minister in different cases to the Keraniganj jail court.
Khaleda has been in the abandoned jailhouse on Nazimuddin Road in the capital since February last year serving total 17 years in jail after conviction in two corruption cases.
The BNP chairperson is also accused of different charges in a number of other cases.
The trials were under way at a temporary court set inside the old jailhouse.
Kayser Kamal, a lawyer for Khaleda, sent a legal notice to the government on Tuesday challenging the circular on shifting the trials to the court at Keraniganj jail.
The circular runs contrary to Article 35 of the constitution, which stipulates “public trial”, Kayser cited from the legal notice while speaking to journalists.
“Khaleda Zia and we, the lawyers, think this circular is illegal,” he said.
The lawyer said the government has been given a 24-hour ultimatum to scrap the circular.
On Tuesday, Moudud told a programme in Dhaka that they would move the High Court “soon” against the circular that ordered shifting of the trials to Keraniganj.
“We will continue doing this because we don’t have any alternative. We will fight in court and on the streets,” he said.