Arrest proved impartiality of government | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 04, 2007 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 04, 2007

Arrest proved impartiality of government

Says Mainul

Law, Justice and Information Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said the arrest of former prime minister Khaleda Zia has proved the impartiality of the government.
"The government is completely neutral about removing corruption," he told reporters in the information ministry's conference room, hours after the arrest of Khaleda and her youngest son Arafat Rahman Koko on corruption charges.
He said the rule of law as well as life and property of the people will not be ensured without ensuring honesty and accountability of the politicians through legal process.
"It's clear to all that they have been arrested and produced before the court on graft charges," he said, adding: "They have been accused of misusing powers in awarding a Tk 80 crore contract to an indenting house for container handling at Kamalapur and Chittagong Inland Container Depots (ICDs)."
"It's a breach of trust by an elected prime minister," said the adviser.
The adviser said it took time to file cases against Khaleda and Hasina as the government's anti-crime drive is going ahead with an open mind.
"This is not to make a balance… ACC filed the cases on the basis of evidence," he said.
Mainul said the two former prime ministers have been produced before the court giving due honour. "It may be unpleasant, but it (the arrests) has been done in the interest of the country," he said, adding that they committed crime against the country and the people.
"The people in power must have accountability to the law," the adviser said, adding that the government is not only to fight corruption but also to establish the rule of law.
The adviser said the time has come to start a new phase on many issues to make politics comfortable.

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