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There is no opportunity in law, Khaleda cannot go abroad

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, quoting the law minister in response to BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia’s request to go abroad, said there was no provision in the law in this regard, so she could not go abroad.

He made the remarks while talking to reporters at the Secretariat on Tuesday (December 26).

“We have seen a letter from Khaleda Zia’s younger brother Shamim Iskander and we are reviewing the law minister’s opinion,” he said. With that we will take advice if you need to go to more places. Now in our review it has come to light that we need to talk more about it.
The home minister said the law minister said there was no legal scope. So you understand our position. We are sitting down and discussing the next steps.
“You know he was a convicted felon and his sentence was being carried out,” he said. We were giving him the highest medical service at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University. Even then, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina suspended his sentence on humanitarian grounds to get his younger brother to apply for medical treatment from home. At the same time, the Prime Minister also instructed that he could get treatment from anywhere in Bangladesh. Now his younger brother has applied for medical treatment outside the country, the law minister said, adding that there is no scope in the law in this regard.

Earlier on Monday (December 26), Law Minister Anisul Haque told reporters at the Secretariat that BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia’s request to go abroad had been sent to the Home Ministry with her opinion. However, it would not be appropriate to express that opinion because it is a secret matter, it is possible to say that it will go to the Prime Minister’s Office.

Last Tuesday (December 21), Anisul Haque said that no law or precedent has been found for the convicted accused to get medical treatment abroad. The decision will be officially announced soon.

Earlier, Advocate Yunus Ali Akand had filed a writ petition in the High Court on Monday (December 20) seeking directions to give Khaleda Zia better treatment abroad. “I have filed this writ to protect the human rights of a sick person out of my own responsibility, not out of any persuasion or interest,” he said.

Earlier on December 12, the law minister had said that he would have to “wait” to know the government’s decision to send Khaleda Zia abroad for treatment. Earlier, on December 5, he told the media that he was looking for a “legal way” to send Khaleda Zia abroad.

Khaleda Zia was admitted to the hospital on November 13. On November 17, he was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. The medical board has recommended that Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom take one of the three countries for advanced treatment.

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