Dhaka, Bangladesh
Khaleda in jail again

Khaleda in jail again

Forcibly taken back from hospital: BNP Released with stable health: BSMMU

News Desk Dhaka jail authorities on Thursday transferred former prime minister Khaleda Zia to the Old Dhaka jailhouse from BSMMU hospital for a court appearance in the Niko graft case. The hearing for the Niko graft case began after a long time, with Khaleda Zia appearing in a special judge's makeshift court inside the jailhouse. Khaleda appeared in the court around 12pm on Thursday on a wheelchair. Barrister Moudud Ahmed, one of the accused in the case, opened the hearing on the charges against himself. The judge adjourned the court proceedings setting the next hearing for Nov 14. The hearing on charges against Khaleda is likely to take place on the day. The ACC filed the case with Tejgaon Police Station in 2007, accusing Khaleda and 10 others of abusing power to award a gas exploration and extraction deal to Canadian company Niko during her tenure as the prime minister. Khaleda left the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) hospital at 11.30am, after a month of treatment, said Brigadier General Abdullah-Al-Harun, director of the BSMMU. "Her physical condition is now stable enough. The hospital authorities have tried to provide her with adequate medical care." Meanwhile, BNP on Thursday alleged that its Chairperson Khaleda Zia was shifted to jail again violating the High Court's directive for her treatment and the recommendations of the medical board as part of the government's a 'dangerous plot'. "The government is playing a nasty game over Khaleda Zia's life. The initiative for sending her to jail when she is undergoing medical tests to begin her treatment is not only an inhuman act, but also the government's a horrifying plot," said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. He came up with the allegation at a press conference at BNP's Nayapaltan central office. The BNP leader said Syed Atiqul Haq, under whom Khaleda had been receiving treatment, did not issue her 'discharge certificate' while the medical board chairman Prof Abdul Jalil Chowdhury is now abroad. "Under the circumstances, the law enforcers forced the medical team to issue the discharge certificate. The government's plot for putting Begum Zia's life at stake or crippling her forever without giving her treatment is the manifestation of the government's disgusting mentality," Rizvi alleged. He also said the government does not want Khaleda to be cured as it is trying to remove her from politics by risking her life. "It's also the expression of utter vindictive attitude of Sheikh Hasina." The BNP leader said the government has indulged in a brutal game of revenge with Khaleda Zia to force the opposition to join the staged-managed election. "The government has snatched her rights to get treatment. We strongly protest and condemn the sending of our leader to jail from the hospital without completing her treatment," he added. The BNP leader warned that people will resist any plot to endanger Khaleda's life. Meanwhile, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday alleged that the government has taken back their Chairperson Khaleda Zia to jail without the 'discharge certificate' from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) medical board. "As per the information we've received, the medical board didn't give her any discharge certificate, and they said she's very sick and she shouldn't be taken to jail in any way under her current condition," he said. Talking to reporters at the gate of Old Central Jail at Nazimuddin Road, Fakhrul also said the BNP chief was taken back to the jail ignoring the medical board's suggestions. "The government has shifted her back to the jail and kept her in it out of its political vengeance," he added. (Inputs taken from agencies)

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