The minister says it is not a matter for the government to decide
Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud has said the court will take the decision whether BNP chief Khaleda Zia will be allowed to go abroad for treatment or not.
Hasan, also the Awami League publicity and publication secretary, said this while talking to journalists at his residence in Chittagong's Dewanji Pukurpar on Saturday, reports BSS.
He said: "If Khaleda Zia wants to go abroad for treatment, she needs to get bail first, and then get permission from the court."
"It is not a matter for the government to decide."
Instead of gaining sympathy, BNP leaders and Khaleda's relatives only humiliated Khaleda through their statements, he said, adding that Khaleda's relatives also gave incorrect information about no doctors seeing her for weeks.
“In fact I, myself, talked to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) doctors. They informed me that duty doctors monitor her physical condition regularly, and senior doctors visit her every other day,” Hasan said.
Khaleda has been suffering from arthritis for a long time, the minister said, adding that she was admitted to the BSMMU in order to get the best medical treatment, as the government is sincere about taking care of her health.
Noting that skilled doctors work at BSMMU, Hasan said, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader also took treatment from this hospital when he was in a severe condition.
On one hand they [BNP leaders] say that they will release Khaleda through movement, on the other hand, some of them request the government not to oppose her bail plea, he said, adding that their remarks are contradictory.
"However, the government has no scope to compromise with corruption," the minister concluded.