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Bangladesh Turns Down Jailed Former PM Khaleda Zia’s Request to Fly Abroad for Treatment

Bangladesh on Sunday rejected a petition by jailed former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to go overseas on a medical go to, saying “there is no judicial provision that permits a jailed convict to go abroad for treatment”. The 76-year-old chief of predominant Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), who’s serving a 17-year jail time period on fees of embezzling international donations, has been briefly launched from jail amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Zia contracted the virus in early April. As per the docs, she has now examined damaging for the an infection and is recovering at a hospital right here.

“There is no judicial provision that permits a jailed convict to go abroad for treatment,” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan advised a information briefing on Sunday, hours after the Law Ministry turned down a petition on her behalf searching for permission to fly overseas for additional therapy. Officials stated the Law Ministry reviewed the authorized scope and limitations for Zia’s go to overseas and despatched its opinion to the minister.

The authorities formally turned down the appliance after Zia’s docs stated she had examined damaging for the virus. “The third phase test has found her Covid-19 negative but she is now in hospital for post COVID-19 treatments,” stated Zia’s physician and BNP vice chairman AZM Zahid Hossain.

Doctors near the household stated uncontrolled diabetes and arthritis had difficult the previous prime minister’s therapy. “It is a matter of hope that she is showing a sign of progress, though her health condition requires her to stay in CCU (critical care unit) of the hospital,” stated BNP secretary common Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

“You know she is suffering from different ailments many of which aggravated due to her imprisonment and age,” he added. Zia examined optimistic for coronavirus on April 11 and was admitted to a personal hospital on April 27 after she had bother respiration. She was shifted to the hospital’s vital care unit on May 3.

On May 6, Zia’s youthful brother Shamim Eskandar met the house minister searching for permission for Zia’s therapy overseas. The utility was forwarded to the Law Ministry. Zia is serving a 17-year jail time period in two graft instances since February 8, 2018.

She was despatched to jail by a neighborhood court docket on fees of embezzling international donations meant for an orphanage, named after her slain husband and president Ziaur Rehman, throughout her premiership between 2001 and 2006. Rehman, a navy ruler-turned-politician, was the founding father of the BNP.

She was convicted in one other corruption case later the identical yr, although her get together claims each instances are politically motivated. In March 2020, Zia was launched from jail for six months provided that she would keep at dwelling, amid the coronavirus outbreak. In March, the Bangladesh authorities prolonged the suspension of the sentence for a second time by six months. Zia has served thrice because the premier of Bangladesh since 1991. Her get together suffered a depressing defeat within the 2018 elections bagging solely six seats within the 300-seat parliament.

Her conviction on “moral turpitude” fees de-barred her from contesting the polls.

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