The Minister of Justice will examine the note of the pro-BNP lawyers

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Justice Minister Anisul Huq.

Justice Minister Anisul Huq assured a delegation of pro-Bangladesh Nationalist Party lawyers on Tuesday that they would review their memorandum asking the government for permission to send BNP Chairman and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to the stranger for better treatment.

“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina knows how to show humanity. It would not be proper to say anything prematurely. Let me discuss and review it first,’ Anisul told the 15-member delegation led by Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum Member-Secretary Md Fazlur Rahman in his ministry office at the Secretariat. .

The lawyers’ forum handed the memorandum to the justice minister, saying there was no legal obstacle preventing the government from allowing Khaleda to seek treatment abroad if it publishes a new notification in the Official Gazette. excluding the condition that she would not leave the country.

Anisul, also a lawyer by profession, said the prime minister herself released Khaleda from prison on humanitarian grounds and there was no need for any request.

“We are deeply concerned as the health of the former three-time Prime Minister has further deteriorated. As professionals in the field of law, we believe there is an urgent need to send him aboard for better treatment to protect his life,” reads the memorandum signed by Fazlur Rahman.

The Minister of Justice said: “We don’t expect anyone to die…. We will certainly consider the matter with the utmost importance.

He said his ministry did not have the file of Khaleda’s family asking for permission to take him abroad as he was due to meet with the lawyers’ forum on Tuesday.

“I received his family’s file on November 21, but I haven’t given a notice yet because I wanted to hear from you,” Anisul said.

Lawyers AJ Mohammad Ali, Nitai Roy Chowdhury, AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon and Md Ruhul Quddus among others also spoke with the Minister of Justice during the meeting.

They called on the Minister of Justice to find a legal way to send sick Khaleda abroad for humanitarian treatment.

In another request to the Interior Ministry on November 11, Khaleda’s family also requested permission to take him abroad for “better treatment”.

The 76-year-old former prime minister, who suffers from multiple illnesses including post-Covid complications, was taken to Evercare Hospital on November 13, six days after returning from hospital.

His family applied to the government twice in May and August, asking for permission to take him abroad for better treatment.

But the government rejected the requests, saying there was no possibility for a convict to get such an opportunity.

Khaleda suffers from severe and uncontrolled rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cough-variant asthma, and an autoimmune disease that damages moisture-producing glands, obstructing the production of saliva and tears, according to his family and doctors.

On March 25, 2020, she was released from the prison cell of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University on an executive decree suspending her sentences in two transplant cases amid the Covid outbreak, initially, for six months on the condition that she undergo medical treatment at home and would not leave the country.

On September 19 this year, the government for the fourth time suspended his sentences for an additional six months under the same conditions.

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