Dhaka, Bangladesh
Khaleda’s release extended by 6 months

Not permitted to go abroad

Khaleda’s release extended by 6 months

News Report The government has extended the imprisonment suspension for former prime minister and BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia by six months, but she cannot go abroad. The Home Ministry Tuesday issued a gazette notification to this effect, saying the order will be effective from September 25 for next six months. Officials said the decision was taken as per section 401 (1) of the Code of Criminal Procedure. According to the notification, Khaleda Zia will receive treatment staying at her own residence in Dhaka and will not be allowed to travel abroad during the release period. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told newsmen that Khaleda’s sentence was suspended on condition for another six months on the application from her brother. “She will be able to take treatment staying in Dhaka but not be allowed to go abroad,” he said. Earlier on March 25, the 76-year-old BNP chief was released from jail for six months upon an executive order considering her age and humanitarian grounds following an application by her family. The former prime minister was sent to Old Dhaka Central Jail after she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by a special court in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8, 2018. She was convicted in a second corruption case later. The 76-year-old BNP chief has been staying at her Gulshan residence since her release. A special team of her personal physicians has been overseeing her treatment. Dhaka Special Judge's Court-5 on October 29, 2018 sentenced the ex-PM and three others to seven-year imprisonment each in Zia Charitable Trust graft case.The court also fined them Taka 10 lakh each, in default, to suffer more six months in jail. The High Court on October 30, 2018 enhanced Khaleda Zia’s five-year jail term to 10 years in the case, allowing a revision plea filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) against the lower- court judgment. With inputs from agencies

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