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Law doesn`t allow Khaleda Zia`s treatment abroad: Kamal

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 05:44 PM, 9 May 2021  

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal

The law ministry has refused to allow BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to go abroad for treatment.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said that according to the law, Khaleda Zia's application to go abroad for better treatment cannot be granted. There is no chance to take Khaleda Zia abroad for treatment as she is a convicted accused.

He came up with the comment while speaking to reporters at a press conference in the conference room of the Home Ministry on Sunday.

The Home Minister said the government released Khaleda Zia on March 25 last year after suspending her jail sentence as per section 401 (1) of the Criminal Code of Procedure (CrPC) for humanitarian reasons. She is receiving treatment from home or conveniently. She also took treatment at Ever Care Hospital when she contracted corona a few days ago. Khaleda Zia's younger brother Shamim Eskander made a request to be taken her abroad. We sent it to the Ministry of Law to look into the legal aspects of it. They opined that there is no scope to sent Khaleda Zia abroad.

Section 401(1) of the CrPC says, "When any person has been sentenced to punishment for an offence, the Government may at any time without conditions or upon any conditions which the person sentenced accepts, suspend the execution of his/her sentence or remit the whole or any part of the punishment to which he/she has been sentenced".

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, who is undergoing treatment at the CCU of Evercare Hospital in the capital, wants to be taken abroad for better treatment by her family. On May 5, Khaleda Zia's brother Shamim Eskander wrote a letter to the Home Minister to take her abroad. Later, the law ministry was asked to look into the matter.