Graft Remark Row: AL threatens Khaleda Zia with counter legal notice

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will be served with a counter legal notice in response to the one she sent to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said yesterday.

“Just wait, they [Khaleda] will be served with a legal notice for sending one to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on a fake and false ground,” he told reporters in Kamalapur area in the capital.

He claimed the PM disclosed the information about “Zia family’s corruption” based on national and international media reports.

On December 20 last year, Khaleda sent a legal notice to Hasina, demanding that the PM unconditionally apologise and publicise it within 30 days of receiving the notice for her (Hasina) remarks about her (Khaleda) alleged assets abroad.

“Or else, the BNP chairperson will take measures to file a defamation suit against the prime minister, demanding compensations for damaging her reputation and image,” the legal notice said.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said the stories of corruption by the BNP would beat even fairy tales.

The PM disclosed the “truth” as she has courage, he added.

At a press conference at the Gono Bhaban on December 7 last year, Hasina expressed displeasure that the mainstream media did not run any report on the BNP chief and her family members’ reported assets and investments in Saudi Arabia and other countries.

Some media outlets ran reports that an anti-corruption probe in Saudi Arabia revealed that Khaleda and her family members have assets in that country, attributing those to “Global Intelligence Network” and “Canadian TV channel The National”.

The BNP has repeatedly termed the PM’s claim as baseless.