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Govt wants slow death for Khaleda, says SCBA

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Govt wants slow death for Khaleda, says SCBA

The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), dominated by pro-BNP lawyers, has alleged that the government was trying to kill BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia slowly. The SCBA also demanded that the government send an ailing Khaleda to the specialised United Hospital in Dhaka for treatment at her own cost as per her wish. SCBA president Advocate Zainul Abedin made the allegation at a press conference in Dhaka yesterday. “It is very regretful for us that the government wants to push Khaleda Zia towards a slow death by confining her in jail for a long period,” Abedin told journalists at the SCBA auditorium.

He also condemned the government for not taking any step for Khakeda’s treatment, even though she has been confined to bed for some days due to her illness.

“On the one hand, Khaleda is not being provided with treatment. On the other hand, no one is being allowed to meet her. Yesterday (Saturday) her elder sister was allowed to enter the jail to meet her, but she could not meet her. It means that Khaleda is so sick that she cannot get up from her bed,” he said.

Abedin said Khaleda had suffered a mild stroke earlier. “Then, we had demanded that the government to send her to United Hospital for treatment. But the government has kept confined the ailing leader without treatment,” he added.

He said Khaleda had secured bail from the apex court in the case for which she was convicted. But the government was prolonging her confinement by showing her arrested in political cases one after the other, he added.

SCBA secretary barrister AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon alleged that the government was trying to dispose of all the proceedings of the Zia Orphanage Trust case quickly to ensure that she was imprisoned for a long time, thereby “pushing her towards death”.

“We have demanded several times that the government should send her to United Hospital for treatment on her personal cost. But the government paid no heed to our demand,” he added.

On February 8, the special judge’s court-5 of Dhaka had sentenced Khaleda to five years of rigorous imprisonment after finding her guilty in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

On March 12, the High Court had granted an interim bail for four months to the BNP chief in the case. On May 16, the Appellate Division upheld the HC’s bail order.

However, the BNP chief was not freed from jail, as she was shown arrested in some other cases filed with different police stations in Comilla, Dhaka, Narail and Panchagarh. Khaleda is currently facing a total of 36 cases.

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