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Govt turns down family’s application to send Khaleda Zia abroad
UNB, Dhaka

Govt turns down family’s application to send Khaleda Zia abroad

The government on Sunday turned down the application of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s family seeking permission to send her abroad for treatment as there is no scope for a convicted person to avail of such a scope, said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan.

“The Law Ministry has informed us that Khaleda Zia can’t go abroad unless her sentences are commuted. In the light of such opinion, the application of Khaleda Zia’s family won’t be granted,” he told reporters at his Secretariat office.

The minister said they will soon inform the BNP chief’s family about their decision.

Earlier on Wednesday last, Khaleda’s younger brother Shamim Iskander met Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan at his Dhanmondi residence and submitted an application seeking permission to send her abroad for advanced treatment.

Later, the application was sent to the Law Ministry for its opinion.

Law Minister Anisul Haq on Sunday morning sent his ministry’s opinion to the Home Ministry.

The 76-year-old BNP chief, who tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time on April 24, was admitted to Evercare Hospital on April 27 for a thorough health checkup.

She was shifted to the CCU of the hospital with shortness of breath around 4pm on Monday last. Her breathing problem later eased.

On April 28, a 10-member medical board, headed by Prof Shahabuddin Talukder, was formed for the treatment of Khaleda at the Evercare Hospital a day after her admission there.

Khaleda Zia tested positive for Covid-19 on April 10 as eight people at her residence were infected with the virus. She underwent the second Covid-19 test on April 24 and her report was positive.

Meanwhile, Khaleda Zia tested negative for Covid-19 on Saturday, 27 days after she had been infected with the deadly virus.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the government freed Khaleda Zia from jail for six months through an executive order suspending her sentences on March 25 last year.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the government freed Khaleda Zia from jail for six months through an executive order suspending her sentences on March 25 last year.

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