Khaleda Zia’s household seeks extension on her suspended jail sentence

Dhaka, August 30

The household of Bangladesh’s predominant opposition chief Khaleda Zia has sought an extension of six extra months on her suspended jail sentence for the previous prime minister’s therapy, based on a media report.

The authorities had in March launched Zia for six months on a situation that she would keep at house amid the coronavirus outbreak within the nation, obtain therapy and never journey overseas.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal had mentioned that Zia was freed on humanitarian grounds after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s approval.

The 74-year-old opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief is serving a 17-year jail time period in two graft circumstances since February 8, 2018.

Zia’s household filed a plea with the federal government for an extension of the suspended jail sentence because the six months allotted to her in March will come to an finish on September 24, the Dhaka Tribune reported.

A M Ehsanur Rahman, one in every of Zia’s counsels, mentioned that an utility, signed by the BNP chief’s youthful brother Shamim Eskander, was despatched to the house ministry on August 25.

“The BNP chairperson did not receive proper treatment due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Her family wants the extension for her treatment,” the counsel was quoted as saying within the report.

Home Minister Kamal confirmed that they’ve obtained an utility which was despatched to the regulation ministry for its consideration and “further steps will be taken after considering the legal basis of the application,” the Dhaka Tribune report mentioned.

Zia served thrice because the premier since 1991. Her social gathering suffered a depressing defeat within the 2018 elections bagging solely six seats in 300-seat parliament.

Her conviction on “moral turpitude” prices debarred her from contesting the polls.

She was despatched to jail in February 2018 by an area courtroom on prices of embezzling international donations meant for an orphanage, named after her slain husband and president Ziaur Rehman, throughout her premiership between 2001 and 2006.

Rehman, a army ruler-turned-politician, was the founding father of the BNP.

She was convicted in one other corruption case later the identical 12 months, although her social gathering claims each circumstances are politically motivated. PTI

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