Khaleda Zia’s trial in jail not constitutional: Dr. Kamal
Gono Forum president Dr. Kamal Hossain said, the trial of Colonel Taher has been matched with the trial of Khaleda Zia. It should be remembered that Colonel Taher’s trial was conducted in martial court. The way the trial of Khaleda Zia is going on in jail is not constitutional, we will talk to the matter in High Court.
He said these at a press conference held at the National Press Club on Tuesday organized by Gono Forum.
The principal author of the constitution Dr. Kamal said, the government is ruling the country undermining the constitution. Many people are getting disappeared and missing. Who are doing these should be investigated. Those who have returned are not saying anything. Why they are not talking? Constitution does not support this type of disappearance. Investigation should be conducted in this regard in the court.
He said, the government is not performing duties according to the constitution. It is mentioned in the constitution that if anybody is detained then he or she should be produced before court within 24 hours. This rule is not being obeyed. We will go to the court in this regard. We will seek order from the High Court.
He also said, police have seen dead man hurling cocktail, the plaintiff does not know the accused but case was filed- these can happen in a strange country. If police do that without permission of the government then that will be severe crime. And if those were done obtaining permission from the government then they are disobeying the constitution.
Dr. Kamal said, arrests are being made in white clothes. Who are they in white clothes making arrest of people? What will happen if people take action assuming them hijackers? It is mentioned in the constitution that arrest should be made wearing uniforms. We are expressing concern in this regard. We are getting beyond ruling by the constitution.
The veteran lawyer-politician said, we wanted to hold rally along with Juktafront at Suhrawardy Udyan on September 22 but did not get permission. We will hold rally at Mohanagar Natya Mancha for not getting permission. Awami League hold gathering at the Suhrawardy Udyan. Why others cannot hold rally there if Awami League can?
He said, Khaleda Zia should be shifted to hospital for better treatment. The situation that is going on cannot be continued in a civilized country. People of the country will not accept any uncivilized act.
Replying to a question of newsmen Dr. Kamal said, I did not support Jamaat in my whole life then why will support now? We will be not with BNP if Jamaat remains with them. So far I know Jamaat is not a political party, their registration was cancelled.
Top leaders of Gono Forum and Oikya Prokria were present in the press conference.