Government won’t send Khaleda back to jail before election

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The government will not return BNP Chairwoman Khaleda Zia to prison until the next national elections, Justice Minister Anisul Huq said on Thursday.

The minister made the remark in response to a question from reporters, after a training program organized for deputy clerks at the Judicial Administration Training Institute in Dhaka.

The government does not intend to change the decision to suspend Khaleda Zia’s sentence in accordance with Article 401 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) with two conditions, Anisul added.

On September 19, the government extended the suspension of Khaleda’s prison sentence by six months.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the government suspended Khaleda’s prison term for six months by executive order on March 25, 2020.

The government has repeatedly extended his parole in two corruption cases.

The former prime minister was sent to Old Dhaka 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.

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 from prison. A special team of his personal doctors supervised his treatment.

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