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27 February, 2020 11:41:15 PM / LAST MODIFIED: 28 February, 2020 05:43:59 PM
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‘Khaleda cannot get facilities like a free person’

HC denies bail for treatment in UK
Staff Reporter, Dhaka
‘Khaleda cannot get facilities like a free person’

Rejecting a petition of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia seeking bail for better treatment in the UK, the High Court yesterday said Khaleda is a convicted accused and she cannot get facilities from the court, which are enjoyed by a free person.

“Khaleda Zia is being given treatment under the provision of the jail code. She cannot get the facilities, which a free person can avail. She cannot receive treatment beyond the jail code as per her wishes,” the HC bench comprising Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice AKM

Zahirul Huq said while rejecting her bail plea in Zia Charitable Trust graft case.

Terming Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) as the country highest hospital, the court said that treatment of Khaleda Zia was possible there. The HC bench also ordered the medical board to start her treatment after taking consent from her in this regard.

It also ordered the seven-member medical board to increase the number of doctors on the board to provide her better treatment, if necessary.

After the decision, Khaleda’s lawyers said that they would move before the Supreme Court against the rejection order of the HC.

Meanwhile UNB adds: Law Minister Anisul Huq yesterday said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s denial of permission to receive advance treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) is her unusual attitude. He, however, said the High Court gave a legal decision disposing of Khaleda’s bail petition in Zia Charitable trust case after deeply looking into the matter of the BNP chief.

The minister came up with the remarks at a press conference on Khaleda’s bail petition at his Gulshan residential office.

He said the BSMMU can provide the BNP chairperson with the advance treatment, but they could not do that as she did not give permission. “The court said they’ve nothing to do with the matter as she denied permission (for the treatment). That’s why the petition has been rejected.”

He said the BSMMU doctors categorically said they could not initiate the necessary treatment for Khaleda as they were not getting her permission.

“If a person is seriously ill, it’s quite natural for her/him to give permission for treatment. We think not giving permission is an unusual matter from her (Khaleda’s) side,” the minister observed.

Earlier on February 18, the BNP chief filed a fresh petition before the HC seeking bail on health and humanitarian grounds in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case to receive better treatment in London.

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 BSMMU.

The former prime minister remains 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.

Following her petition, the HC bench, on February 23, ordered the BSMMU authorities to submit the medical report on Khaleda’s treatment by providing details in three categories on whether the BNP chief has given her consent to receive advanced treatment in line with the medical board’s recommendations.

If she has given her consent to receive advanced treatment, whether the BSMMU authorities have started her treatment and the present condition of her health, enquired the HC order.

As per the HC directive, the BSMMU sent the medical report to the HC on Wednesday, which was submitted before the HC yesterday morning.

According to the report, Khaleda has been suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma and arthritis but these are under control. Now she is suffering from back pain but Khaleda did not allow medical board to provide advanced treatment in this regard, the report said.

After receiving the medical report, the HC bench told lawyers of Khaleda Zia, “Since the medical board formed for her treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), has not admitted their incompetence, we cannot permit her to go abroad for treatment.”

Later, the HC bench set at 2.00pm for passing its order on the bail petition.

After the lunch break, the HC bench entered into the courtroom at 2.15pm.

Taking part in the hearing, Advocate Zainul Abedin, counsel for Khaleda Zia, told the court that Khaleda Zia has been suffering various serious diseases like hypertension, blood pressure, diabetes and back pain. She needs advanced treatment. Then, the HC bench replied that how the advanced treatment could be provided to her, if she does not give permission.

This is a life risk for her, hence, she wanted to take treatment as per her will in specialized hospital, Zainul replied.

Taking part in the hearing, Barrister Moudud Ahmed, another counsel for BNP chief, told the court that there is no need to get permission from any patient to provide them normal treatment.

But, when there is a risk of life and normal medicine does not work on a patient, doctors need to take permission from the patient. So, it is clear that Khaleda Zia has a life risk as normal medicine does not work on her body, Moudud noted.

“Every patient has right to take treatment as per their will. Khaleda Zia has also rights to take treatment as per her will as she is in a life-risk,” he noted.

Opposing his submission, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said Khaleda Zia did not give permission to take treatment or even conduct some pre-health test before starting medicine. So, how can doctors start her treatment, he asked.

The chief law officer of the state said that they (Khaleda counsels) had filed the petition without any valid ground as they filed the petition only for the sake of filing a bail petition.

JG/IK

 

 

 

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