Khaleda Zia: Rejecting bail is absolutely unprecedented

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The BNP chairperson has asked the people of the country to pray for her

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has said denying her bail is absolutely unprecedented.

Quoting the BNP chairperson, her sister Selima Islam made the remark to journalists after visiting Khaleda at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Monday.

Selima said: “Her (Khaleda’s) condition is not well, her diabetes is not in control, she is not able to do any work properly, and even the doctors are not giving her proper treatment.”

When asked about the possibility of Khaleda getting parole, Selima said they did not speak about this. She added: “The court should have given her bail, considering the condition of her health.”

Khaleda also said her medical report, which was submitted to the Supreme Court, does not describe her actual health condition at all.

“She has asked the people of the country to pray for her,” her sister said. 

Other members of Khaleda’s family who went to visit her are her brother-in-law Prof Rafiqul Islam, younger brother Shamim Eskander, Shamim’s wife Kaniz Fatema, and their son Ovik Eskander.

Her family members last visited her at BSMMU on November 13.

On December 12, the Supreme Court rejected Khaleda’s bail petition in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.

However, the court ordered the BSMMU hospital authorities to ensure her advanced treatment in line with the medical board’s recommendations, after getting her consent.

The full Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the orders after hearing arguments from both sides.

The High Court on July 31 had rejected Khaleda’s bail petition in the graft case, prompting her counsels to move to the apex court on November 14.