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Law doesn’t allow Khaleda to go abroad

Says home minister

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 29 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said on Tuesday that the application filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s brother seeking the government’s permission to take her abroad is not covered by law.

He made the remarks a day after Law Minister Anisul Huq sent his opinion on the application to the home ministry.

Quoting the opinion from the law ministry, the home minister said there is no legal scope to allow Khaleda Zia to go abroad for a medical treatment purpose.

“The law ministry in its opinion said there’s no scope in law to let Khaleda Zia go abroad for treatment. The law ministry gave its opinion with the explanation of the relevant law, and we’re reviewing it,” he said while talking to reporters at the Secretariat on Tuesday. The opinion of the ministry will be sent to the Prime Minister, he mentioned.

The law minister revealed the information while talking to journalists at his office in the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs on Monday.

The minister, however, did not disclose details of his opinion as the file will go to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“It is not appropriate to disclose the opinion. It is a secret and sensitive matter. The file will go to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Everything will be clear in future,” he said.

Earlier, Anisul said there was no legal scope in the present situation to allow the ailing BNP chairperson to go abroad for medical treatment.

“There’s no scope in the law. They can rebuke me as much as they wish but it doesn’t matter to me… I’ll follow the law,” he said.

He made the remarks after BNP lawmaker Gulam Mohammad Siraj placed a demand in Parliament on the point of order for allowing Khaleda Zia to go abroad for treatment.

The law minister said on November 16 that the government will consider Khaleda’s appeal for going abroad for treatment if she makes a fresh petition after returning to jail.

On November 23, a delegation of pro-BNP lawyers submitted a memorandum to the law minister, seeking the government’s permission to send Khaleda Zia abroad.

Led by Advocate Fazlur Rahman, member secretary of Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum (BJAF), the delegation met the law minister at his secretariat office and submitted the memorandum.

Shamim Iskandar, younger brother of Khaleda Zia, handed an application to Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on May 5.

Khaleda Zia has been admitted to Evercare Hospital in the capital since November 13. She is reportedly suffering from liver cirrhosis and other critical diseases.