‘Khaleda’s shifting to jail illegal’
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday alleged that the government has taken back the party chairperson Khaleda Zia to jail without the ‘discharge certificate’ from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) medical board, reports UNB.
“As per the information we’ve received, the medical board didn’t give her any discharge certificate, and they said she’s very sick and she shouldn’t be taken to hospital in any way under her current condition,” he said.
Talking to reporters at the gate of the abandoned central jail at Nazimuddin Road, Fakhrul also said the BNP chief was taken back to the jail ignoring the medical board’s suggestions.
“The government has shifted her back to the jail and kept her in it out of its political vengeance,” he added.
Khaleda Zia was taken to a makeshift court at the jail from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Thursday and produced her before it for hearing of Niko graft case.
A black SUV carrying Khaleda reached the abandoned central jail in the capital’s Nazimuddin Road around 11:40am and she will be kept there, according to jail sources.
Khaleda Zia was in the Dhaka Central Jail at Nazimuddin Road since she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on 8 February.
On 6 October, she was admitted to the BSMMU after prison authorities shifted her there from old Dhaka Central jail for better treatment in response to a court order.
Later, a medical board was formed headed by Prof Abdul Jalil Chowdhury and she had been receiving treatment as per the board’s suggestion.