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Khaleda’s family applies for her release

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 8 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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The law ministry gave opinion on the application filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s family for further extension of her jail term’s suspension and for permission to go abroad for treatment.

On behalf of Khaleda Zia, her younger brother Shamim Iskander filed the application to the home ministry last week for further extension of suspension of her jail sentence, saying that her physical condition has worsened and  therefore she needs to go abroad for treatment, sources said. The application is similar to the previous one, on which the government suspended her jail sentence for few times under section 401 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), the law ministry sources said.

Sources in the law ministry said the minister has given his opinion on the application and sent it to the home ministry on Tuesday.

Now, the home ministry will send the file to the Prime Minister's Office for approval and after getting the decision from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the home ministry will take necessary measures, the sources added.

Khaleda Zia’s jail term has remained suspended since March 25 last year while the third six-month jail term suspension is going to end on 24 September.

She was convicted in two corruption cases, was temporarily released by the government in an executive order considering her age and humanitarian grounds last year amid the coronavirus epidemic.

Later, the suspension of her jail sentence was extended twice and the government issued separate notifications to this effect. The notification said Khaleda will receive treatment at home and she cannot go abroad during this period.

BNP sources said Khaleda Zia wants to go abroad for medical treatment.