Khaleda’s parole will be extended once petition filed: Justice Minister

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The government will extend the suspension of the prison sentence of BNP Chairwoman Khaleda Zia in two corruption cases, if her family files a petition, Justice Minister Anisul Huq said today (September 10, 2022).

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.

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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 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.

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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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