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Anisul: Govt can’t release someone on parole on its own

  • Published at 09:41 pm April 8th, 2019
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File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The minister said this on Monday in reply to a journalist’s question on the possibility of releasing BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on parole

The government cannot, on its own, release someone on parole; the prisoner has to ask for the parole as well, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq has said.

The minister said this on Monday in reply to a journalist’s question on the possibility of releasing BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on parole, reports BSS.

“The government cannot forcibly release someone on parole. They have to plead for it,” he said.

On Sunday, Awami League acting general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said no situation has been created to release the BNP chairperson on parole for treatment.

“The release of Khaleda Zia on parole is not a political issue; it relates to a legal issue,” Hanif told journalists.

Referring to the legal procedure for parole, Hanif, one of the spokesmen of the Awami League, said generally the release on parole is eligible for any prisoner when he/she wants to see ailing relatives or attend a relative’s funeral ceremony. 

“But such a situation has not come up till now,” he added.

At a meeting in Dewanganj upazila of Jamalpur on Saturday, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said the government would consider releasing Khaleda Zia on parole if she files an application and cites specific reasons.

Parole is the conditional release of an inmate before completion of a sentence.

Khaleda, a former prime minister, has been in jail since February 8 last year when she was convicted of corruption. She was later again found guilty in another corruption case.