Dr. Kamal Hossain can be considered as a lawyer of Begum Zia at least in the review petition of the Appellate Division. The BNP`s responsible sources confirmed such news. Today Kamal Hossain has had telephone conversation twice with BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. BNP leaders are demanding that Dr. Kamal has ethically agreed to fight for Khaleda in review petition. Recently, the Appellate Division of Bangladesh Supreme Court granted bail to Begum Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust Corruption case. However, the full bench of Appellate Division ordered the High Court to settle the appeal by July 31.
The court sentenced Begum Zia to five years imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Corruption case on February 8. Begum Zia`s lawyers appealed to the High Court challenging the verdict. On the other hand, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed separate appeals to increase the punishment. On behalf of Begum Zia, the bail application was also made in the High Court. Although the High Court granted bail, the prosecutor appealed against it. Although the Appellate Division granted bail, the time for the settlement of the appeal was upheld. BNP lawyers have decided to make the review petition against the Appellate Division order to settle the appeal by July 31. If this appeal is settled by July 31, then Begum Zia`s release and her political future may fall into uncertainty. She may be considered ineligible for the next election. Because of such threat, the BNP is not interested in hearing till the election. BNP leaders want the Appellate Division to review the deadline of July 31. BNP leader and Supreme Court Bar Association president Zainul Abedin said, "The order of Appellate Divition is contrary to justice. The rule of law cannot be established by determining time." In this review petition BNP wants to create a national atmosphere. That is why secretary general asked for help from Dr. Kamal. Hossain. Before that, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir met Dr. Kamal Hossain and urged him to fight the Orphanage case. But he did not take the case with many excuses. This time Mirza Fakhrul told Kamal Hossain, this is a constitutional issue. Such an order is contradictory with the constitution. Dr. Kamal has ethically agreed with this statement. He said he would make further decisions after some study.
However, another source says that the process of forming an all-party alliance against the Awami League is in progress. As part of that process Dr. Kamal may become the lawyer of Zia`s case.