Dhaka, 16 April, Abnews: BNP on Monday demanded the government to ensure better treatment of their chairperson Khaleda Zia at United Hospital in the city as her health condition has deteriorated further in jail.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi came up with the demand at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.
‘Our chairperson’s health condition has worsened further. The pain in her hands, legs and waist has intensified. She needs to immediately undergo MRI and receive better treatment,’ he said.
‘We strongly demand the government take steps to ensure better treatment for Khaleda Zia by her personal physicians at United Hospital as per her choice,’ he added.
Asked how they got information about their chairperson’s physical condition, he said Khaleda’s relatives and lawyers who met her in jail informed them about it. ‘It’s not wise to always talk about the source of information.’
On Feb 8, a Dhaka court sentenced BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to five years of rigorous imprisonment and fines her Tk 2 crore for financial irregularities in the Zia Orphanage Trust.
After Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, Khaleda is the second head of the government convicted in a graft case.
The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July 3, 2008 with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, now living in the UK, and four others of misappropriating over 2.10 crore that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.
Four other accused are former BNP MP Salimul Haq Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, former principal secretary Kamal Uddin Siddique and Mominur Rahman, nephew of late President Ziaur Rahman. Kamal Uddin Siddique and Mominur Rahman have long been absconding.