Fakhrul demands release of ‘ailing’ Khaleda from jail

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PV Desk : Citing concern over the health of Khaleda Zia, the BNP has demanded her unconditional release from jail.

“We are anxious over her health. We urge the government to release her immediately so that we can arrange necessary medical tests and treatments by her personal physicians,” BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said at a media briefing in Dhaka on Friday.

When asked if the former prime minister would be taken abroad if released, Fakhrul said: “We just want an unconditional release for her so that we can arrange medical care for her, either in the country or abroad.”

“We have not asked for parole. We have asked for her release which she is entitled to. She has already secured bail,” he further said.

A special trial court ordered a five-year jail sentence for Khaleda onFeb 8 after finding her guilty in a graft case involving Zia Orphanage Trust. Since then, the BNP chairperson has been behind bars in Old Dhaka.