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Arrange treatment then trial

Khaleda says as lawyers meet her in jail
Staff Reporter
Arrange treatment then trial

BNP’s jailed chairperson, Khaleda Zia, yesterday demanded that she be provided with proper treatment before the trial process is carried out, as she is very sick and her health condition is not good. Emerging from the central jail at Nazimuddin Road after meeting the former premier, Khaleda’s lawyers said this.

The BNP supremo is serving a five-year sentence in a graft case. The lawyers demanded that Khaleda be shifted either to Apollo Hospital or United Hospital in the city within 24 hours for proper treatment. Talking to The Independent, her lawyer, Advocate Zainul Abedin, said Khaleda’s health condition is not good and she is unable to speak. “Her left side has become paralysed. She cannot move her left leg, hand and eye and she needs treatment on an emergency basis,” he said.

Zainul Abedin, who is also president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, said the BNP chairperson asked for her treatment before proceedings of her case begin.

Earlier, a four-member lawyers’ delegation, led by BNP standing committee member, Barrister Jamiruddin Sircar, met the party chairperson and was with her from 4:45pm to 5:45pm.

The other members of the delegation are Abdur Rezzak Khan, AJ Mohammed Ali and Zainul Abedin.  

The BNP yesterday alleged that the government is making efforts to kill party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, by keeping her in jail in a "fabricated case" and not providing her proper medical treatment.

“We are not only concerned, but also surprised and disappointed after hearing what family members of our leader who met her in jail on Thursday, told us about her health condition. She (Khaleda) is seriously ill but no step is being taken for her medical treatment. Indeed, the government is making evil efforts to kill her,” said BNP secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, at a press

conference at the party’s central office. He demanded release of the “ailing” chairperson to save her life and provide her with better treatment at any specialised private hospital, saying that they had stated about one specialised hospital for Khaleda’s proper treatment but there were many other specialised hospitals in the country.

The BNP leader, however, said the 73-year-old former premier and the party do not want that she be treated at the government hospital, as the present government “cannot’ be trusted”.

“The government must ensure her proper treatment, otherwise it would have to take responsibility if anything happened to her. It will be held accountable for violation of the Constitution and human rights”, he said.

He said they would send a letter to the home minister for Khaleda Zia’s proper treatment and seeking permission so that its senior leaders can meet Khaleda in jail to see for themselves her health condition.

Opposing the trial of Khaleda in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case in a makeshift court in the Old Dhaka Central Jail, Fakhrul said the government has become desperate to give the BNP chairperson further punishment.

He trashed the Prime Minister’s remark that Khaleda’s trial is being held in an open court inside the Old Dhaka Central Jail, claiming that her assertion is not correct.

“The Constitution says the trial must be held in public and in an open court. But they’re holding the trial in a small room (inside the jail) where there’s sitting arrangement for only 10 lawyers. It’s not an open court,” he said.

He questioned why is the government keeping Khaleda in jail on various pretexts even after she got bail from the apex court. “Why do you fear her? Free her from jail and hold a fair election. You don’t want to do it as you know people are not with you.”

Khaleda was sentenced to five years in jail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case by a special Dhaka judge’s court on February 8, and was sent to the Old Dhaka Central Jail. She obtained bail in the case but cannot be freed as her bail pleas in other cases are pending.

In the last seven months, it was not possible for her to appear in any court due to illness. The government set up a court in the prison to complete the argument in the Zia Charitable Trust case. On Wednesday, she was taken to the court inside the jail on a wheel-chair.

Mirza Alamgir said according to the law of the land, no citizen can be tried if he or she is sick and without providing his/her treatment. Whatever is happening in the case of Khaleda Zia happens to be “totally inhuman and contrary to the Constitution.”   

He said the government knows its political existence will be in crisis if Khaleda Zia is freed. That is why it is illegally detaining her in fabricated cases even after she secured bail in many cases

“The government is moving ahead with a blueprint to win the upcoming elections by keeping Khaleda Zia away from elections and politics,” he added.

Speaking at the press conference, party standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said jail is not an open place and people have no access to it. “The so-called court was set up inside the jail. How can it be an open court where people don’t have any access? The Prime Minister made such wrong remarks to confuse people.”

BNP standing committee members Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, vice-chairman Nitai Roy Chowdhury , Khaleda’s adviser Ataur Rahman Dhali, senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, organising secretary Syed Emran Saleh Prince and publicity affairs secretary Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie, among others, were present at the press conference.


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