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Khaleda Zia to get 6-month extension to stay out of jail, says law minister

The BNP chief was released from prison last year as the coronavirus pandemic spread across Bangladesh

Update : 12 Sep 2021, 12:14 AM

The suspension of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s prison sentence will be extended for another six months, say media reports.

On Saturday, the Law Ministry forwarded its opinion to the Home Ministry in favour of the former prime minister, Law Minister Anisul Huq told Bangla daily Samakal.

“We have recommended [to extend the suspension of the prison sentence]. And as far as I know, the Home Ministry has approved it,” the newspaper quoted him. 

Last week the family of Khaleda filed a plea with the Home Ministry seeking an extension of her suspended prison sentence on the grounds of her treatment for post-coronavirus and other complications at home

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The Home Ministry forwarded it to the Law Ministry seeking its legal opinion.

The BNP chief tested positive for Covid-19 twice in a month – on April 10 and April 24. She returned home on June 19, after hospitalization for nearly two months for coronavirus infection and other complications.

The 76-year-old former prime minister had served 25 months out of 17 years of prison sentences in two graft cases, involving Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust, before she was released amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The government suspended the sentences of Khaleda twice before for six months each on the condition of receiving treatment at home and not abroad.

The government freed her following the family’s petition in March last year as the coronavirus pandemic spread across Bangladesh.

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