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Govt decides to extend Khaleda’s jail suspension

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 19 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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The government has taken a decision to extend suspension of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's jail sentence for six more months.

The home ministry will issue a gazette notification soon as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given her opinion in this regard, law ministry sources said.

As per the decision, the jail term suspension period of Khaleda Zia will be extended by another six months, the sources added.

Talking to reporters, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Sunday said the ministry will issue a gazette notification in this regard on Monday.

"As per the conditions set by the court, the period is being extended by another 6 months," he added.

Talking to media, Law Minister Anisul Huq said the security services division under the Home Ministry will issue a gazette notification in this regard.

However, as per the condition of the jail suspension, Khaleda Zia will receive treatment from home and she will not be allowed to go abroad during this period, he added.

Anisul Huq said the government released the BNP chief after suspending her jail sentence as per section 401 (1) of the Criminal Code of Procedure (CrPC).

On September 11, Khaleda Zia’s family submitted an application to the Home Ministry seeking her unconditional release and permission to allow Khaleda to go abroad for her better treatment.

The 76-year-old BNP chairperson has been staying at her Gulshan residence in the capital since her release. A special team of her personal physicians has been overseeing her treatment.

Lastly, on March 23 this year, Khaleda Zia’s sentence was suspended and the release period was extended by another six months under the previous two conditions. After that, a notification was issued by the Security Services Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs, extending the release period.

The government released Khaleda Zia on March 25, 2020 temporarily through an executive order. Since then, her release was extended for several times after application submitted by her family.

Earlier, Khaleda Zia's family submitted several applications to the government, seeking permission to send her to an advanced centre abroad for the treatment of her multiple health complications, but the government has rejected it every time as she was convicted of corruption by the court in two cases.