Review of legal options for Khaleda’s treatment abroad: Justice Minister

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TBS Report

December 05, 2021, 1:40 p.m.

Last modification: December 05, 2021, 1:45 p.m.

Justice Minister Anisul Huq said he was examining whether there is a legal option for BNP chairwoman Khaleda Zia to travel abroad for advanced treatment.

The minister made the remarks while responding to reporters after a training program held for lawyers in Dhaka on Sunday.

The justice minister previously said the law does not allow the government to send Khaleda abroad for treatment because she was convicted and sentenced in two corruption cases.

He said that if BNP wants to bring in expert doctors from abroad for the treatment of Khaleda, they can do so, and the government will not interfere in this regard.

Khaleda, 76, has been undergoing treatment at Evercare Hospital in the capital for various health complications since November 13.

On November 28, members of the former prime minister’s medical board said she should immediately travel abroad for better treatment as she had been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver.

On behalf of his family, Khaleda’s younger brother, Shamim Iskander, applied to the Interior Ministry on November 11 for permission to take him abroad for treatment.

However, Anisul Huq said the government would consider the BNP chairperson’s appeal if she submitted a new petition after returning to prison.

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