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Quader: Khaleda’s bail depends on number of ‘ifs’

  • Published at 08:56 pm October 2nd, 2019
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader
File photo of Awami League general secretary and minister for road transport and bridges Obaidul Quader Focus Bangla

Govt to consider if doctors advise Khaleda to go abroad

Stating that Khaleda’s bail depends on a number of “ifs,” such as if the doctors advised her to do so and if the court grants her bail, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said he informed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that Khaleda Zia wants to go abroad for treatment after getting bail.

“If doctors advised Khaleda Zia to go abroad for treatment after getting bail, then the government will consider the issue,” said Quader at a press briefing at the Secretariat in Abdul Gani Road in Dhaka yesterday.

Claiming that BNP lawmaker Harunur Rashid urged him to inform the prime minister about the issue, Quader said: “I informed the prime minister about Khaleda Zia's bail issue but her bail totally depends on the court.”

The road, transport, and bridges minister also said: “There is no enmity between the government and Khaleda Zia.”

Replying to a question whether government will take any initiative regarding Khaleda Zia’s bail, Quader said: “How can the government grant bail to Khaleda Zia? Is it ethical? If the government does so then the government will be intervening in court’s work.”

The issue came to light when BNP Joint Secretary Harunur Rashid said on Tuesday that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is willing to go abroad for better treatment if she gets bail.

BNP urges PM to visit Khaleda

Meanwhile, BNP lawmakers urged Sheikh Hasina to visit their ailing chairperson Khaleda Zia for herself and take steps for her release on bail, reports UNB.

Siraj along with BNP MP Md Zahidur Rahman, Md Mosharraf Hosen and Rumeen Farhana met Khaleda at the BSMMU around 3:15 pm and had an hour long meeting with her.   

On April 1, Khaleda was shifted to BSMMU from the Old Dhaka Central Jail.

On February 8 last year, Khaleda was sent to jail after being convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. Later, she was convicted in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.