Khaleda’s family submits application seeking her release

logo March 8th, 2020
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia

File photo: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia being moved from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University to the old central jail on November 8, 2018 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Mirza Fakhrul says he has no idea about it

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s family members have submitted an application to the Home Ministry seeking her release from jail.

Khaleda’s younger brother Shamim Eskandar submitted the application recently, a BNP leader close to the party chief’s family members said wishing anonymity, reports UNB.

In the application, he said the BNP chief’s family members urged the government to take steps to free her paving the way for ensuring her advanced treatment abroad.

The BNP leader also said five family members met Khaleda on March 7 to give her consent to seek parole for her release, but she is still unwilling to do so.

Asked about the application, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the family members can do it, but he has no idea about it.

“I also do not know what was written in the application,” he told reporters after placing wreaths at their party founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave together with the members of newly-formed convening committee of Gazipur district unit.

Replying to another question whether they will file any application seeking Khaleda’s release on parole if the government gives assurance of considering it, the BNP leader said it is completely matter of Khaleda and her family.

“We do not have anything to say about it from our party.”

Khaleda has been in jail since she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8, 2018. She was found guilty in another corruption case later the same year, though her party claims both cases are politically motivated.

The BNP chief has been receiving treatment at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in Dhaka since April 1, 2019.