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Khaleda Zia cannot seek treatment abroad: Law Minister

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Update : Sunday, September 18, 2022

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The Ministry of Law has recommended that BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia’s sentence in two corruption cases be suspended for six months. According to the conditions, he cannot seek treatment abroad.

Law Minister Anisul Haque told journalists on the phone from New York on Sunday (September 18).

Earlier, on September 11, Khaleda Zia’s family applied for an extension of the suspension of her sentence. BNP Chairperson’s Private Secretary ABM Abdus Sattar and Chairperson’s Advisory Council Member Bijan Kanti Das delivered the letter to the Home Ministry that day. Khaleda Zia’s younger brother Shamim Iskandar applied to the Home Minister to extend the release period. In the letter, he also requested Khaleda Zia’s unconditional release and permission to go abroad for better treatment.

Khaleda Zia can stay out of jail till March 25, 2023 if the government takes the law ministry’s recommendation into consideration.

Khaleda Zia went to jail in 2018 after being convicted in a corruption case. On March 25, 2020, the government temporarily released Khaleda Zia by executive order following the family’s request after the start of the corona epidemic in the country. After that, his release period was extended several times. It has been stipulated that Khaleda Zia will receive her treatment from her residence in Dhaka during the extended period and she will not be able to go outside the country during this time.

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