Dhaka – Convicted in two graft cases, former Bangladeshi prime minister Khaleda Zia has been taken to Dhaka’s old central jail compound to produce before a court that hears yet another corruption case against her.
Khaleda, also the chief of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, was transported by police car from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, where she has been undergoing treatment for health complications.
The former prime minister is one of the key suspects a graft case filed in 2007 for allegedly awarding a gas exploration and extraction deal to Canadian company, Niko, during her tenure as prime minister.
The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case when a military-backed interim government of Fakhruddin Ahmed was in power. Ten other persons of her administration were also accused in the case.
Khaleda was transferred to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital from the jailhouse for treatment on October 6 after her health condition deteriorated.
BSMMU Director Brig Gen Abdullah Al Harun said Khaleda was sent to jail after the hospital medical board gave permission for it.
Extra security measures have been taken in and around the in hospital and the jailhouse, where she had been living since a Dhaka court sentenced her to jail for five years for misappropriating funds meant for an orphanage.
Her tenure of jail was however doubled by a High Court where she appealed for acquittal.
Khaleda was also sentenced to seven years in jail for abusing power and misappropriating funds meant for another charity.
The law ministry on Wednesday issued a gazette notification that the trial of Khaleda Zia and others accused in the Niko corruption case will be held at a makeshift court in old Dhaka central jail.
Security was cited as reason for shifting the court.