Khaleda Zia tests positive for Covid-19

Sun Online Desk

11th April, 2021 12:24:29 printer

Khaleda Zia tests positive for Covid-19

BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia tested positive for Covid-19, according to a report from Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Her sample was tested on Saturday and the result came out positive, the DGHS report showed.

When asked about the matter, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's press wing member Shayrul Kabir Khan could not confirm the matter immediately.

BNP leaders, however, said they do not have any such information.

 Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the government freed Khaleda Zia from jail for six months through an executive order suspending her sentences on March 25 last year.

She was released from the prison cell of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) the same day, and she has been staying at her Gulshan house since then.

On August 27 last year, the government extended her release for six more months and it was extended again for six months on March 15 last.

On February 8, 2018, Khaleda was sent to the Old Dhaka Central Jail after a lower court sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. The High Court later doubled her jail term.

Khaleda was found guilty in another corruption case the same year. Her party claims both the cases are politically motivated.

Khaleda Zia, 76, has been suffering from arthritis pain, diabetes, eye problems and other old-age problems.