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Kamal: Khaleda to be sent to Keraniganj jail, once discharged from BSMMU

  • Published at 04:00 pm May 14th, 2019
File photo of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal Collected
File photo of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal Collected

The government has said a makeshift court will be set up at the jail  

After being discharged from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will be transferred to Keraniganj Central Jail, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said. 

The home minister stated this to reporters at his secretariat office on Tuesday. 

Replying to a query, Kamal said: "The building of Old Dhaka Central Jail on Nazimuddin road—in which Khaleda Zia has been imprisoned since February last year, after her conviction in a graft case—will be renovated." 

"Khaleda Zia was kept in Dhaka's old central jail till now just because the female ward in the Keraniganj jail was not ready. The ward is now ready and she will be transferred there."

The minister also said that the government is trying to bring back Khaleda Zia's son Tarique Rahman from London, where he is currently staying, seeking political asylum. Tarique was also convicted in a graft case. 

Earlier on Monday, the Law Ministry issued a gazette notification saying that a makeshift court will be set up—in Keraniganj jail’s building no 2—to try the pending cases filed against the BNP chief.

Khaleda has been serving her sentence since February last year at the Old Dhaka Central Jail after being convicted in two corruption cases.

On April 1 this year, Khaleda Zia was admitted to the BSMMU hospital as her health condition deteriorated while she was serving time in jail. A five-member medical board was formed to examine her condition.

Currently, the trial proceedings in 17 cases against Khaleda are being held at a makeshift court set up in the old jail.