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Amnesty International concerned over Khaleda's access to health care

  • Published at 08:53 pm December 19th, 2019
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File photo: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia being taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital in Dhaka on Monday, April 1, 2019 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

'The authorities are denying her access to adequate health care'  

Amnesty International has expressed deep concern over the health condition of former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

"The authorities are denying her access to adequate health care," said the rights body in a statement published on their website on Thursday. 

Amnesty International urged the authorities concerned to ensure that Khaleda Zia is treated in accordance with the UN Standard Minimum Rules on the Treatment of Prisoners (Nelson Mandela Rules) and that her trial rights are fair and fully respected.

The former prime minister has been in jail since February 8, 2018 after she was sentenced to five years' imprisonment in a corruption case, reports UNB.

On December 12, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court rejected the bail petition of the BNP chairperson in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.

Earlier, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) authorities sent the medical report of the BNP chief to the registrar of the Supreme Court.

The medical report said Khaleda Zia's arthritis is in critical state and it is getting worse gradually.

According to the report, the medical board recommended application of international standard biological therapy for the treatment of the BNP chief’s arthritis. But she is yet to take any positive decision over taking the treatment.

Meanwhile, Law Minister Anisul Huq said the Appellate Division rejected bail to Khaleda Zia, considering her medical report.