The suspended prison sentence of BNP Chairman Khaleda Zia will be extended for a further six months, the Ministry of Justice announced today.
Justice Minister Anisul Huq told UNB: “The Security Services Division of the Ministry of Interior will publish a notice in the Official Gazette in this regard.”
Khaleda Zia will receive treatment at home and she will not be allowed to travel abroad during this period, he said.
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Recently, Khaleda’s family filed a petition with the Ministry of Interior asking for his unconditional release. They also asked the interior minister for permission to allow Khaleda to travel abroad for treatment.
Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the government suspended Khaleda’s prison term for six months by decree on March 25, 2020.
The government has repeatedly extended his parole in the two corruption cases.
The former prime minister was sent to Dhaka’s Old Central Jail after being sentenced to five years in prison by a special court in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8, 2018.
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She was convicted in a second bribery case later.
The 76-year-old BNP leader has been staying at her Gulshan residence since her release. A special team of his personal doctors supervised his treatment.