Khaleda is free, not in government custody: justice minister


File photo of Khaleda Zia


File photo of Khaleda Zia

Justice Minister Anisul Huq told parliament today that BNP chairwoman Khaleda Zia is now free as she is certainly not in government custody.

“She (Khaleda) is definitely free. She is not in government custody. he declared.

The Minister of Justice said this when responding to remarks by BNP MP Rumeen Farhana that Khaleda Zia is still in government custody.

“If something happens to her (BNP leader), the government will have to take full responsibility because she has been in government custody for three years,” Rumeen said.

She said the Minister of Justice had argued earlier that Khaleda Zia should go to jail in order to get permission to go abroad as there is no possibility of reconsidering a case decided in the same provision (article 401) of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

Rumeen said, “But there is no such thing in Section 401 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.”

The provision gives the government unlimited power to make any decision in this regard, she noted.

BNP MP Mosharof Hosen said that since the government has argued that Khaleda Zia must return to prison to get permission to go abroad, “the government can declare his residence as a sub-prison and allow him to go abroad. ‘to go abroad”.

Responding to the remarks, the Minister of Justice said he still stands by what he said in this regard.

The Minister of Justice mentioned that he had said earlier that no further decision could be made on a decided case, but he did not refer to Section 401.

“I have a difference of opinion on the explanations you presented on Article 401 (of the CrPC),” he said, referring to BNP MPs.

Anisul Huq said Khaleda Zia had been released on humanitarian grounds and the government would consider whether the new application for her could be granted or not.


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