Shift Khaleda Zia to hospi­tal, Bangladesh court or­ders gov­ern­ment

Asian Journal - - OPINION EDITORIAL -

Dhaka: A High Court di­vi­sion bench in Bangladesh on Thurs­day asked the gov­ern­ment to im­me­di­ately send jailed for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Khaleda Zia to a hospi­tal in the cap­i­tal for treat­ment.

Jus­tice Sheikh Has­san Arif and Jus­tice Razikal-jalil or­dered the gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties to com­mence the Bangladesh Na­tion­al­ist Party (BNP) Chair­per­son’s treat­ment at the Banga­bandhu Sheikh Mujib Med­i­cal Univer­sity (BSMMU), a gov­ern­ment-run med­i­cal univer­sity cum hospi­tal.

The judges also asked the au­thor­i­ties to form a fresh med­i­cal team to ex­am­ine Khaleda’s health conditions, bd­news24.com re­ported. She was sen­tenced to five years in jail on Fe­bru­ary 8 for em­bez­zling do­na­tions to the Zia Or­phan­age Trust. Since then, the for­mer Premier has been kept at the old Dhaka cen­tral jail.

The court’s or­der came fol­low­ing a writ pe­ti­tion filed by Khaleda on Septem­ber 9 seek­ing its di­rec­tive to send her to a spe­cialised hospi­tal for her treat­ment.

Khaleda Zia

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