Corrupts must be tried: PM
Stating that the government didn't withdraw any case against her, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said those who will commit corruption and terrorism and get involved in militancy must be tried to ensure the country's peace and development.
"We want to bring a peaceful environment ... we want to develop the country and change the lot of the people. It will be possible, when we could control and remove corruption, militancy and nepotism," she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, said this while addressing a mass reception accorded to her by Italy chapter of her party at Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel and Spa in Rome last night.
Regarding the corruption cases filed against her in the past, the premier mentioned that she had earlier called for conducting investigation into every case and submit its report.
"I had said that investigation will have to be conducted and report of every case must be submitted ... we want to see what the merit of the case was?" she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the investigation of every case was carried out and its report was submitted. "I didn't withdraw any case and I didn't allow it ... why will I do it. I knew that I didn't commit any graft," she said.
In this connection, she pointed out the allegation of the World Bank regarding the construction of the Padma Bridge, BSS reports.
Sheikh Hasina said Hilary Clinton was the US Secretary of State at that time and Dr Muhhammad Yunus was desperate to put a bad name on her regarding the Padma Bridge project. "The US State Department threatened my son thrice in this regard," she said.
She said then it was proved in the Canadian court that no corruption took place in the Padma Bridge project. "I had said I didn't come to power to commit corruption ... I have come to power for changing the fate of the people not ours," she said.
Mentioning that the country's judiciary is fully independent, the prime minister said the corruption of Khaleda Zia was proved in the court. "When the court saw that the orphans' money was completely embezzled by the BNP leader then the court tried her and gave the verdict," she said.
"What is the justification for rebuking me and waging a movement against the government in this regard?" she said.
Local leaders of Awami League and its associate bodies spoke at the reception chaired by Italy Chapter Awami League President Hazi Mohammad Idris.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury and Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali were present on the dais, among others.