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Jamiruddin Sircar: Khaleda hanging between life and death

  • Published at 01:24 pm May 18th, 2019
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, BNP Standing Committee member Barrister Jamiruddin Sircara among other party leaders in a press conference at BNP's Naya Paltan office on Saturday, May 18, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Khaleda Zia has been serving time since February last year

BNP Standing Committee member, Barrister Jamiruddin Sircar said, Khaleda Zia's health has massively deteriorated over the last week due to unhealthy environment in the jail.

"Khaleda Zia is trapped between life and death. Keeping Khaleda in jail, depriving her of bail, is contrary to the constitution and human rights, since her conviction in any of the case had not been finally disposed off by the Supreme Court," said the senior BNP leader. 

Speaking at a press conference, he also said: "Due to loneliness and lack of proper treatment, she is suffering from various ailments including heart disease."

BNP standing committee members arranged the press conference at its Nayapaltan central office, demanding Khaleda Zia's release from jail, and her proper medical treatment.

She is at serious risk of sudden cardiac arrest, said Sircar, also a former Speaker of parliament.

"The government had assured it would make proper arrangement for Khaleda Zia’s treatment, but not enough initiatives were taken yet," he said.

Jamiruddin added: "It is a bad sign that they are not letting Khaleda Zia out for treatment, even in this worsening condition."

BNP Vice Chairman—and one of Khaleda's personal physicians—AZM Zahid Hossain, said: "Khaleda Zia is suffering from high blood sugar, measuring from 14 to 18 mmol/L, and always needs to be on insulin. She has a sore tongue, which is not healing due to the high blood sugar.

"Moreover, her left shoulder, and elbow joint have become insensitive," he added.

Zahid Hossain said: “According to her doctors, Khaleda Zia is a special care patient.  It is important to ensure all the facilities needed for her personal care.”

Khaleda needs immediate medical attention

When asked about Khaleda Zia's release on parole, BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas said, they will not seek Khaleda's release on parole.

"She (Khaleda Zia) needs medical attention immediately," he added.

When asked if BNP will be able to convince the government for Khaleda's release, Mirza Abbas said: “We will somehow find a way on how to make the government pay heed to us in this regard.”

Senior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed said: “Her long time physicians, who have been providing treatment for her, will be able to serve her problems better."

Therefore, he demanded that the government keep those doctors in the medical board. "We need specialized treatment for her,” he added.

The BNP Standing Committee member also claimed, the government has decided to hold trials of the pending cases against Khaleda Zia at Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj, just to bar her release from jail. 

After the press briefing, Chhatra Dal, BNP's student wing, began a procession in front of the party office.

Khaleda Zia has been serving time since February last year, at the old Dhaka central jail on Nazimuddin Road, after being convicted in two corruption cases. Currently, the trial proceedings of 17 cases against Khaleda are being held at a makeshift court set up in the old jail.

The BNP chairperson has been in jail since a special court convicted her in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8, 2018. Later, on October 30, Khaleda was convicted in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case, and sentenced to seven years' rigorous imprisonment by a special court.

Among others, BNP standing committee members Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, and Nazrul Islam Khan were present at the press conference.