by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Former Bangladeshi prime minister Khaleda Zai’s chances for overseas trip have apparently been dashed with the law ministry refusing an application by her family to get medical treatment abroad, officials said .
The Law Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry came up with the decision on Sunday citing that there is no precedence that any convicted person got such privilege in the past.
A convict in graft cases with jail sentence, Khaleda, also the chief of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, was released in March last year under an executive order that suspended her jail term on humanitarian ground.
The order maintained that she would not allow any foreign trip during the suspension .
“There is no scope to relax this condition,” Law Minister Anisul Huq told local media. She cannot go abroad for treatment, said the law minister who has sent his ministry’s views to the home ministry.
Khaleda’s jail term was suspended in March 2020 initially for six months after her family appealed for the release on humanitarian ground as she needs medical care. The suspension was extended twice.
As per the government notification to this effect, Khaleda, now 75 years old, will receive treatment at her home and she cannot go abroad during this period.
The BNP chief was diagnosed with Covid-19 disease last month and was shifted to Evercare hospital for check-ups. As her condition deteriorated with breathing problem, she stayed at the hospital. But she was tested negative for Covid-19 on the night of Saturday.
Khaleda Zia was transported to jail on February 8, 2018 after a court convicted and sentenced her to five years in jail in a graft case related to embezzling funds meant for orphans. The punishment was doubled later by the High Court.