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19 February, 2020 01:09:34 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 19 February, 2020 11:41:42 AM
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Khaleda files bail plea for treatment in UK

Family to decide on any parole petition: Fakhrul
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Khaleda files bail plea for treatment in UK

Ailing BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday filed a fresh petition before the High Court (HC) seeking bail in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case to receive better treatment in London, UK.

She was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment in the case by a lower court. Khaleda is serving jail term in two cases and currently she is undergoing treatment at a prison cell of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) hospital.

Advocate Sagir Hossain Lion, one of the counsels for the BNP chief, submitted the petition before the related branch of HC stating that Khaleda is currently seriously ill and her health condition is deteriorating day by day. As such, the petitioner wants to avail advanced treatment in the United Kingdom after securing bail from the court.

After filing the petition, Lion told reporters that they are likely to move before the High Court bench led by Justice Obaidul Hassan for holding hearing on the petition on Wednesday (today).

The bail petition filed with the High Court yesterday says, “Since December 12, 2019, the convict petitioner’s physical condition has been deteriorating. She is now seriously ill and cannot move freely without the help of others. She cannot even take food or medicine on her own. Hence, she needs advanced treatment and therapy. Therefore, the petitioner filed this application for bail on a new ground of illness to seek modern advance therapy treatment abroad and prays for bail.”

In the petition, Khaleda urged the HC to consider granting her bail, saying that she is a 74-year-old woman and was the country’s prime minister three times and that the jail sentence handed down by the trial court is

short. Earlier, on July 31 last year, a HC bench rejected the bail petition of Khaleda Zia in the same case.

Meanwhile, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said family members of Khaleda Zia will decide on filing any application for her release on parole

“It depends completely on her family. They will decide on the matter,” he said when asked about Khaleda Zia’s possible release on parole. The BNP leader was talking to reporters yesterday while paying tribute to party founder Ziaur Rahman at his grave in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka, on the occasion of Jatiyatabadi Tanti Dal’s 40th founding anniversary.

Fakhrul, however, said that the BNP wanted the release of the former premier on bail and not on parole.

“Madam (Khaleda) is so ill that any untoward incident may take place anytime. She deserves bail as per the Constitution. But the government is not releasing her on political grounds,” he alleged.

His comments came following his recent conversation with Awami League (AL) General Secretary Obaidul Quader over the release of the BNP chief.

Asked whether he raised the issue of Khaleda’s release on parole during his talks with Quader, Fakhrul said they were yet to speak on the matter on behalf of the party.

The BNP secretary general accused the government of pushing Khaleda towards death in prison. The government should give bail to her in their own interest, he said.

On Sunday, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said the government would consider the matter if Khaleda Zia admitted her guilt and apologised for it. On August 8 in 2011, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon police accusing four people, including Khaleda, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.

On October 29, 2018, a special court in Dhaka convicted Khaleda in the case and sentenced her to seven years’ imprisonment.

The former prime minister has been in prison since February 8, 2018 after she was sentenced to jail for five years in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. On October 30, 2018, the High Court dismissed Khaleda’s appeal in the case and doubled her punishment to 10 years of imprisonment.

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