DHAKA: Bangladesh’s law minister Anisul Haque has said he has given an opinion on suspending the sentence of Khaleda Zia, chairperson of Bangladesh’s main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, for six months.
He made it clear that if Khaleda Zia wanted to seek treatment abroad, she would have to go to jail and re-apply. He said that according to Article 401 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, there was no opportunity for the family of the former prime minister to apply for suspension.
Earlier, Bangladesh’s home ministry sent a request to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to allow former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’s family to travel abroad for medical treatment.
In the petition filed by the family, it is mentioned that his physical condition has deteriorated.
According to ministry officials, the file is currently awaiting a decision from the prime minister’s office.
Khaleda’s conditional release ends on September 24.
Khalida’s younger brother, Shamim Iskander, had petitioned the government to take her abroad.
In the wake of Kovid’s outbreak, the Bangladeshi government released Khaleda from the Bangabandhu jail on March 25, 2020, on condition that she receive medical treatment at home.
The 75-year-old former prime minister was admitted to Dhaka’s Evercare Hospital for treatment after she tested positive for corona.
Her family applied to the government for permission to take her abroad for better treatment, but the government refused.