Bangladesh to release Khaleda Zia

Bangladesh to release Khaleda Zia

Agency News

Dhaka, Mar 24: Bangladesh government on Tuesday decided to release BNP chief and former prime minister Khaleda Zia from jail, conditionally for six months on humanitarian grounds and considering her old age.

"During this six-month period, Khaleda Zia will receive treatment from home but cannot go abroad, in such conditions the government decided to suspend her sentence", Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq said during a press conference adding that recommendation in this regard has been sent to the Home Ministry.

Khaleda has been in jail since she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8, 2018. She was found guilty in another corruption case later the same year, though her party claims both cases are politically motivated. She has been receiving treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) since April 1 last year. (UNI)