Khaleda Zia. – New Age file photo.
Justice Minister Anisul Haque said on Sunday that the ministry had given its opinion on suspending the sentences of Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairman Khaleda Zia for another six months.
“If Khaleda Zia wants to undergo treatment abroad, she will have to go further to prison and reapply. It depends on the discretion of the government whether it will be approved or not, ”Anisul said during a speech at a Law Commission program marking his Silver Jubilee at the Dhaka Judicial Administration Training Institute.
He said that according to article 401 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, there is no possibility to answer the prayer for a further suspension of the family of the former prime minister.
Earlier on September 7, the Interior Ministry sent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a request submitted by Khaleda Zia’s family to allow him to travel abroad for treatment.
“The family mentioned in the letter that his physical condition deteriorated,” Anisul said that day.
He specified that his ministry transmitted the file of the request to the Ministry of the Interior by giving its opinion.
According to ministry officials, the file is now in the prime minister’s office and awaits the prime minister’s decision.
Khaleda’s parole is due to end on September 24.
Khaleda’s younger brother, Shamim Iskander, had recently submitted the request to the government to take him abroad.
Amid the Covid situation, the government released Khaleda from the prison cell at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University on March 25, 2020, suspending her sentences in two transplant cases, on condition that she undergoes medical treatment. at home and does not leave the country.
BNP claimed the cases were “politically motivated”.
The government extended his release until September 24 in two phases.
The 75-year-old former prime minister tested positive for Covid-19 on April 10 and she was admitted to Evercare hospital on April 27.
She had been treated in hospital until June 19 for post-Covid complications and other underlying health issues, before returning to her Gulshan residence.
On May 5, her family asked the government for permission to take her abroad for better treatment, but the government refused, saying there was no possibility for a convicted person to take advantage of it. such an opportunity.