Dhaka – Jailed former Bangladeshi prime minister Khaleda Zia has been transported to Dhaka Central Jail after conducting necessary medical tests at one of the state-run hospitals in Dhaka, officials said on Saturday.
Khaleda, the chief of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, was brought to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in the morning amid tight security and then taken to the old jail at Nazimuddin Road in the afternoon.
The former prime minister has been in the jail after a special court on February 8 sentenced her to five years in prison. She was convicted in a graft case related to embezzlement of funds meant for orphans.
The physicians took her blood samples and conducted an X-ray in line with a four member medical board’s recommendation as her party claimed that Khaleda has been ill in the jail. The panel of doctors visited the BNP chief in the jail on April 1.
“We will get the medical report tomorrow and will send it to the jail authorities,” said Brigadier General Abdullah Al Harun, the director of the hospital.
He said the former prime minister was attended by the physicians of her choice. “She seemed to be okay, but we will be able to know the actual condition after we get the medical report,” said the director.
Several hundred activists of the opposition BNP staged demonstration at Shanbagh intersection when the lawmen brought the BNP chief to the hospital. They demanded release of the jailed leader.
Police reportedly detained four activists when they tried to fight with the lawmen on the street.
Khaleda was taken to cabin No. 512 of the Cabin Block hospital. She was then taken for X-ray.
Sharmila Rahman Sithi, the widow of Khaleda’s younger son Arafat Rahman Koko, and her two daughters – Zafiya Rahman and Zahiya Rahman – met with the BNP chief at the hospital.