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BNP: Bail is Khaleda's right

  • Published at 12:47 pm April 18th, 2019
File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Senior BNP leaders have claimed that Khaleda will only be released if the government approves this

BNP Standing Committee Member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain has said their party Chairperson Khaleda Zia is entitled to bail.

When asked about Khaleda's release on parole, he said: "The government and media outlets have brought the issue of her [BNP chief’s] release on parole to the fore; and BNP believes their chairperson is entitled to bail." 

He made this remark to Dhaka Tribune around 8pm on Wednesday.

He added: "Khaleda Zia was taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), from jail, for treatment on April 1.

"Two days later, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told the reporters about the government's consideration of Khaleda Zia's bail on parole if BNP leaders appeal."

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He said: "Previously, when BNP demanded that Khaleda Zia receive treatment at a specialized hospital, journalists wanted to know if BNP wants Khaleda’s release on parole. However, from the very beginning we have been saying that our chairperson has the right to get general bail. 

"After which, within a few days, this question again arose on different media platforms and this is very embarrassing for us. As we are only talking about bail, the issue of parole is completely fabricated." 

Echoing this, senior BNP leader Nazrul Islam Khan told  Dhaka Tribune: "A few Awami League leaders made several comments regarding this matter while BNP has been issuing statements against the parole bail issue.

"There are more than 30 cases against our chairperson. However, bail should be granted in most of them. We hope that chairperson will get bail in all the cases."

Both of the senior leaders told Dhaka Tribune that during the recent meetings with Khaleda Zia they did not mention or talk about parole bail. 

"This thing is completely baseless," they said. 

Many BNP leaders believe that their chairperson's release is impossible without a nod from the government.