POST TIME: 25 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM
Family plans special appeal for Khaleda release: Selima
UNB, Dhaka

Family plans special appeal for Khaleda release: Selima

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's sister Selima Islam yesterday said they have been planning to make a special appeal seeking her release from jail as they are worried about her life. Selima, however, did not make it clear whether they will make the appeal to the government or the apex court.

Talking to the reporters after meeting her sister at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Selima said, "We're thinking of making a special appeal, but we still didn't take the final decision.

She further said, "The way her (Khaleda's) physical condition has deteriorated, we fear we wouldn't be able to take her home alive if her stay here prolongs. Any accident could take place anytime."

Selima said her sister immediately needs advanced treatment as her condition has worsened further. "Steps must be taken for her advanced treatment as her condition is very serious. Her sugar level was 15 during fasting yesterday (Friday). How long she'll remain in such a condition?"

She said though the BNP chief has been receiving treatment at the BSMMU for nearly a year, her condition has not improved yet. "That's why we want her to be freed for her advanced treatment at any other sophisticated

hospital.” About Khaleda’s present health condition, Selima said she is vomiting and suffering from fever and serious pains. “Her left hand has got bent and she has been suffering from acute pains.”Her proper treatment at this hospital (BSMMU) is not possible.”

Khaleda’s sister said the treatment given by the BSMMU doctors is not helping improve her condition. “Rather, her condition is deteriorating gradually. Even, she can’t speak properly.”  She said Khaleda urged people to pray for her early recovery.

Five of her family members, including Selima, her younger brother Shamim Eskandar, his wife Kaniz Fatema and son Ovik Eskandar and her late brother Sayeed Eskandar’s wife Nasrin Eskandar, went to meet Khaleda around 3pm and had over an hour-long meeting, said BNP chairperson’s media wing member Shamsuddin Didar.

Khaleda has been in jail since she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8, 2018. She was found guilty in another corruption case later the same year, though her party claims both cases are politically motivated.

The BNP chief has been receiving treatment at the BSMMU since April 1 last year.