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Monday, 14 January 2008

Sheikh Hasina
Sheikh Hasina
Staff Correspondent

Detained Awami League president Sheikh Hasina Sunday demanded parliamentary elections by March-April.

The former prime minister made the demand after an extortion-case trial was over for the day.

Hasina faced proceedings of the case against her at the Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court set up on the Jatiya Sangsad premises.

Earlier on Jan 8, Hasina demanded elections by June-July.

"The demand for elections by March-April must be raised," Hasina told her lawyers who were present in the courtroom.

Hasina demanded that the voter list be completed quickly, Correspondent Prodip Chowdhury reported from the court.

"Arrange elections so that people's representatives can prepare the next year's budget," she said.

Earlier during the trial, Hasina said: "I know I won't get justice. I want justice from Allah and—people."

"I have struggled all my life for democracy. I will struggle more. But I have never agreed to any military dictator's coming to power or becoming president. Military dictators have captured power in this country time and again."

Hasina described the chief adviser's address to the nation as a "lie".

"The chief adviser said the trial of politicians was going on under law. This is worse than trial. This is in-camera trial. This is against the constitution."

At the time, the judge intervened and told Hasina, "Instead of saying all this, tell us whether you are guilty or innocent."

The comment prompted lawyers to heckle the judge in the courtroom.

Hasina called for calm.

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