Jailed Khaleda shifted to hospital
October 6th, 2018 at 9:18 pm
Jailed Khaleda shifted to hospital

Dhaka – Former Prime Minister and head of Bangladesh Nationalist Party Khaleda Zia has been admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University for better treatment.

The BNP chief was brought by a police car amid tight security at the state-run hospital in the afternoon two days after the High Court ordered the government to admit Khaleda to the hospital.

The court on Thursday also asked the government to form a five-member medical team to examine the health condition of the 73-year old politician.

Khaleda Zia will stay at a VIP room in the hospital and she was also allowed an extra room, said Abdullah Al-Harun, head of the hospital. He added that the former prime minister would be given the best possible treatment at the hospital.

The former prime minister will be allowed to choose a physiotherapist, a gynaecologist and a technician and a physician outside the state-run hospital provided that the medical team approves, according to the court order.

Khaleda was imprisoned in the Dhaka’s old jail building, which was declared abandoned in 2016, after a court sentenced her to five years in prison in a graft case in February.

She was convicted of embezzling money intended for an orphanage. Khaleda is also currently on trial over another corruption charge.

Her party denied the charge as politically motivated.

Khaleda during a recent court appearance on a wheelchair reported that she was sick. She told the court that she was losing feeling on her hand and leg. The BNP chief has been suffering from arthritis.

Several hundred activists of the BNP chanted slogans demanding release of their party chief as she was transported to the hospital. The BNP has been asking the government to release Khaleda ahead of the next general election due by December this year.