Khaleda’s treatment: Family gives application to home minister to take her abroad
Family members of Khaleda Zia went to Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal's house and gave an application to take her abroad for better treatment, Selima Islam, Khaleda's sister told The Daily Star.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told The Daily Star that they received the letter and are considering it positively.
Khaleda's brother Shamim Iskandar gave the letter to the home ministry.
Selima Islam also said the application was submitted to home ministry and then it will go to law ministry. "We will take decision based on the government's decision," she added.
She further said they didn't mention the name of any country in the application but told The Daily Star they want to take her to London.
"We will send the application to the law ministry for their opinion. After getting their opinion we will take the decision," the home minister said. He also said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is very sensible on such issues and this will be considered positively.
Khaleda was admitted to Evercare Hospital on April 27 night for diagnosis after testing positive for Covid for the second time on April 24. She first tested Covid positive on April 11.
On Monday afternoon, she was shifted to the coronary care unit at the hospital with breathing difficulties.
She has also been suffering from arthritis, diabetes and eye problems.
Law Minister Anisul Huq told The Daily Star at 12:25am on Thursday that his office is yet to take any decision about allowing Khaleda Zia to go abroad for better treatment.
He said the file regarding her treatment abroad was sent from the home ministry to the secretary of the law ministry at 11:00pm.
"The file is yet to come to me. Let the file come to me and then I will take the decision," he said.
On February 8, 2018, the BNP chief landed in Old Dhaka Central Jail after a court sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. The High Court later doubled her sentence.
She was released from the prison cell at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University the same day. Since then, she had been staying at her Gulshan residence.
The government on August 27 last year extended the suspension of her sentences for six months. It was extended for another six months on March 15 this year.