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Govt sends Khaleda back to jail

November 09, 2018 00:00:00

Prison authorities transferred Thursday Khaleda Zia to the Old Dhaka jail house from hospital for a court appearance in the Niko graft case, report agencies.

The move followed a decision to set up a makeshift court in the old central jail on Nazimuddin Road.

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir Thursday alleged that the government has taken back their Chairperson to jail without the 'discharge certificate' from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) medical board.

Former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is the key suspect in the graft case, filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

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 was earlier transferred to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital from the jailhouse for treatment.

Khaleda's personal belongings have already been taken to the jailhouse in a car, a prison official told bdnews24.com.

The special makeshift court has prepared to begin its operations in the jailhouse on Thursday morning, Advocate Mosharraf Hossain representing the ACC.

Fakhrul said "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 hospital in any way under her current condition."

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.

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