Khaleda seeks 6 more months out of prison

Family members of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia sought a six months’ extension on the government order that released her for six months.

Shamim Iskandar, younger brother of Khaleda Zia, applied to the Ministry of Home Affairs recently seeking the extension, said the former prime minister’s family members.

Seeking anonymity, a lawyer who prepared the documents said the letter that secured release for the BNP chairperson earlier was submitted again this time from her family members.

On Friday, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said they received a written application of Khaleda Zia and it was forwarded to the law ministry.

It was mentioned in the letter that Khaleda could not take proper treatment because she had to stay home amid the pandemic.

Khaleda was released from prison on March 25 after she served in jail for 776 days. The government through an executive order to release her for six months on conditions that she would stay at her home in the capital and not leave the country.

It suspended her sentence as per section 401 of Criminal Code of Procedure on “humanitarian grounds”.

Physicians of Khaleda said the 75-year-old former prime minister was suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and ophthalmological and dental ailments.


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