Khaleda’s parole will be extended: justice minister

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Khaleda Zia

The government will extend the suspension of BNP Chairman Khaleda Zia’s prison sentence for two corruption cases if the family files a petition, Justice Minister Anisul Huq said on Saturday.

The Justice Minister said this in an interview with reporters after attending a training program for judges at the Bangladesh Judicial Administration Training Institute in Dhaka.

“If we receive a petition from Khaleda Zia’s family, the term of her parole will be permanently extended,” he said.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the government released Khaleda Zia from jail for six months through an executive order suspending his sentence on March 25, 2020.

The government has repeatedly extended his parole from prison 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.

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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