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Momen: Have no information on Khaleda's release on parole

  • Published at 01:43 pm April 18th, 2019
File photo of Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen Collected

The foreign minister briefed the media about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to Brunei

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said the ministry has no information about BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's release on parole to receive treatment in London, UK.

He made the remark while replying to a reporter’s query on Khaleda's reported release, at a press conference held on Thursday to discuss Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's three-day visit to Brunei from April 21-23, at the invitation of Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah.

Several media outlets recently reported that Khaleda Zia might travel to London after being released on parole.

"We do not know anything about it," the foreign minister said, when asked if the British High Commission in Dhaka had communicated with the ministry about the matter.

Three-times elected prime minister, the BNP chief was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment on February 8, 2018 in connection with the Zia Orphanage Trust case. The High Court later doubled her sentence based on a petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

Also Read- BNP: Bail is Khaleda's right

Khaleda lodged an appeal with the Appellate Division, against the High Court's decision, which is still pending a hearing. Her lawyers also appealed to the High Court against the verdict given by the trial court. 

On October 29, 2018, Khaleda was imprisoned for seven years in the Zia Charitable Trust case. Her appeal with the High Court seeking acquittal is also pending.

According to Khaleda's lawyer, there are 35 cases against her, of which she has secured bail in 33 cases.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told reporters in Jamalpur on April 6 that the government would consider freeing Khaleda Zia if an application is made citing specific reasons.

Meanwhile, on April 7, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said during their token hunger strike program that no application was made for the release of the party chief on parole.

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