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Khaleda to stay out of jail for 6 more months

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 20 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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The government has extended the suspension of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s prison sentence for another six months on conditions, allowing her to stay out of jail for that duration.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan confirmed the decision to journalists at his office on Sunday.

“Khaleda Zia’s family, specifically her younger brother, had filed a petition to extend the suspension. We scrutinised his application and then approved it,” he said.

“She can receive her treatment at home in whatever way she wants. But she can’t leave the country. The conditions that were previously set for her release will remain in force,” the minister said.

The suspension of Khaleda's prison sentence was earlier extended twice. It was last extended in March which is set to expire on September 25.

Earlier in May last, the BNP chief’s family submitted another application seeking to take her abroad for treatment, but the government turned it down.

The government suspended her imprisonment order in March 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic under the conditions that the former prime minister would undergo treatment in Bangladesh and could not leave the country.

The BNP chief has been living in her Gulshan residence since her release from jail on March 25 last year.

She had served 25 months out of a 17-year prison sentence in two graft cases involving Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust.