BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has received permission from prison authorities to keep Fatema, her domestic help, at her prison.
Khaleda’s lawyer Sanaullah Mia said the court order was received on Sunday, although the request was made on Thursday.
A senior official with the Department of Prisons said the permission for Fatema came along with the instruction to provide division status to Khaleda.
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According to Section 948 of the Jail Code: “If there is only one female convict in a prison and if there are no female guards, then the jail superintendent can authorize a woman known to the convict to stay with her. If the convict does not have anyone who fits the description, then the jail superintendent can deputize a woman as a temporary prison guard with the approval of the inspector general of prisons.”
On Thursday, the same court convicted Khaleda in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment. The administration building of the old Central Jail on Nazimuddin Road was declared a sub-jail to accommodate the BNP chief.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com