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Fakhrul: Ailing Khaleda forced to appear in court

  • Published at 05:42 pm November 8th, 2018
File photo of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir

Medical board did not release Khaleda, he says

BNP says their Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who is serving a 10-year sentence, was forcefully and illegally moved from hospital to prison despite her ill health.

Khaleda was moved back to her cell at the old Dhaka Central Jail compound on Thursday morning from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), where she had been undergoing treatment.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told reporters: “The medical board did not release Khaleda Zia. She has been taken to the prison illegally.”

“Khaleda Zia is still very sick. She cannot even sit on the wheel chair. She is also being forced to appear in the court. It is inhumane. We condemn it and demand her immediate release,” he added.

After her transfer, the BNP chief was produced in front of a temporary court for a hearing in the Niko corruption case.

On October 4, the High Court ordered the government to move Khaleda to BSMMU for treatment, with the added instruction that a five-member medical board be formed to oversee her treatment.

The former prime minister has been in prison since February 8 after she was jailed for five years in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. The High Court later doubled the jail term.

The BNP chief was also sentenced to seven years in prison in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.