Khaleda must follow legal procedure for treatment abroad: minister

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Interior Minister Asaduzzman Khan. — File photo.

Interior Minister Asaduzzman Khan said on Saturday that BNP chairwoman Khaleda Zia had to follow the legal process if she wanted treatment abroad.

The minister told reporters on Saturday while attending a program at the Institution of Diploma Engineers Bangladesh in the city.

“The court ordered that Khaleda Zia can only receive treatment inside the country. If she wants something more, she has to tell the court and the court will make the decision,” he said.

Regarding the attack on the police in the Jurain district of the city, the minister said: “The police are doing their duty properly. Some isolated incidents of attacks on police do occur and legal action has been taken against those involved.

A stent has been placed in the artery of BNP chairwoman Khaleda Zia after she suffered a mild heart attack earlier in the day.

Khaleda Zia was admitted to Evercare Hospital in the capital in the early hours of Saturday as she suddenly fell ill.

The former prime minister was sent to Dhaka’s Old Central Jail as a lower court sentenced her to five years in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8, 2018.

Later, she was found guilty in another corruption case the same year.

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the government temporarily released Khaleda from prison through an executive order suspending her sentence on March 25, 2020, on the condition that she stay at her home in Gulshan and not leave the country.

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