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Suspension of Khaleda’s jail sentence: Law Ministry recommends for further extension

Staff Correspondent
12 Sep 2021 11:02:03 | Update: 12 Sep 2021 12:09:39
Suspension of Khaleda’s jail sentence: Law Ministry recommends for further extension
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. — Collected Photo

The Law Ministry has recommended for extending the suspension of jail sentence of Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson Khaleda Zia for six months more.

“We have opined over the issue and forwarded the documents to the Ministry of Home Affairs for the approval of prime minister,” Law Minister Anisul Huq said on Saturday night.

Officials said the Law Ministry made the recommendation on previous two conditions — Khaleda will receive treatment at home and she cannot go abroad during the period.

Khaleda is currently on conditional release on health grounds.

The former prime minister was sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment on two corruption charges in 2018 and freed from jail custody last year on an application by her relatives when the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in the country.

Later, the government suspended her sentences twice for six months each on the same conditions.

The 76-year-old BNP chief tested positive for Covid-19 twice in a month - on April 10 and April 24.

She returned to her home on June 19, after being hospitalised for nearly two months for coronavirus infection and other complications.