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Family wants Khaleda’s treatment at United Hospital

  • Published at 02:51 pm June 12th, 2018
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File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

In a letter addressed to the Home Ministry on Monday, Khaleda’s younger brother Shamim Iskander said the family would bear the treatment cost.

Incarcerated BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s family has requested the government to allow her receive treatment at the United Hospital.

In a letter addressed to the Home Ministry on Monday, Khaleda’s younger brother Shamim Iskander said the family would bear the treatment cost.

He wrote that his sister, who has been kept at the old central jail since February, has been suffering from various ailments.

“She is not receiving proper medical treatment inside the jail. Her physical condition has significantly deteriorated,” Iskander wrote.

Former prime minister Khaleda was sentenced to five years in jail on February 8 for embezzling funds meant for an orphanage set up under her late husband Ziaur Rahman’s name.

Iskander noted that four doctors, who had visited his sister in jail on June 9, had said the BNP chairperson suffered a mild stroke on June 5. Such a stroke indicates the possibility of a major stroke.

Meanwhile, Inspector General of Prisons Brig Gen Syed Iftekhar Uddin on Monday said the BNP chief would be sent to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for medical check-up on Tuesday if she wanted.

A day later, Dhaka Central Jail’s Senior Superintendent Jahangir Kabir said Khaleda had refused to go to BSMMU.

Senior BNP leader Khandker Mosharraf Hossain said the party would bear the treatment cost.

He warned of “serious consequences” if the government delayed or neglected her treatment for political reasons.