Dhaka, 6 October, Abnews: Prison authorities are shifting Khaleda Zia to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) from old Dhaka Central jail on Saturday afternoon for her treatment in response to a court order.
Authorities have started shifting the BNP Chairperson from jail around 3 pm, said Inspector General of Prison Brigadier General Syed Iftekhan Uddin Ahmed, reports the UNB.
Meanwhile, Jail Superintendent Iqbal Kabir of Keraniganj Central Jail met Khaleda in the morning.
The High Court on Thursday directed the government to immediately admit Khaleda Zia to the BSMMU and form a 5-member medical board afresh for her treatment.
On September 16, a medical board formed by the government for jailed Khaleda, suggested admitting her to a hospital like BSMMU though they have found ‘no symptom of any serious disease’ in her.
On April 7 last, Khaleda Zia underwent some medical tests at the BSMMU because of her illness.
BNP has been demanding that Khaleda be shifted to United Hospital in the city for her ‘better’ treatment.
On Feb 8, a Dhaka court sentenced BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to five years of rigorous imprisonment and fined 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.