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Law Ministry in favour of extending Khaleda's suspended jail sentence

Suspension period may extend by 6 more months, gazette to be issued
UNB . Dhaka
18 Sep 2022 16:30:24 | Update: 18 Sep 2022 16:43:04
Law Ministry in favour of extending Khaleda's suspended jail sentence
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia — File Photo

The Law Ministry has given its opinion in favour of extending the jail sentence suspension period of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia by another six months.

“The security services division under the Home Ministry will issue a gazette notification in this regard,” Law Minister Anisul Huq told UNB.

Khaleda Zia will take treatment from home and she will not be allowed to go abroad during this period, he said.

Recently Khaleda’s family filed a petition before the Home Ministry seeking her unconditional release. They also sought permission from the Home Minister to allow Khaleda to go abroad for her treatment.

Amid the Coronavirus outbreak, the government suspended Khaleda’s jail sentence for six months through an executive order on March 25, 2020.

The government extended her conditional release in the two corruption cases several times.

The former prime minister was sent to Old Dhaka Central Jail after she was sentenced to five years imprisonment by a special court in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8, 2018.

She was convicted in a second corruption case later.

The 76-year-old BNP chief has been staying at her Gulshan residence since her release from jail. A special team of her personal physicians has been overseeing her treatment.