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Quader: No application for Khaleda’s parole yet

  • Published at 05:40 pm February 16th, 2020
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia
File photo of Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Collected

Bail petition to be filed soon, says Khaleda Zia’s lawyer

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said Khaleda Zia’s family is yet to file any application seeking her parole.

"The government has not received any application until yesterday (Saturday) as far as I know,” he said at a briefing in the Bangladesh Secretariat on Sunday.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said: “I spoke with the home minister and he said no formal application has been filed yet."

“Even if they have applied, the home ministry will not take the application into consideration until they cite any rational reasons for their demands,” he added.

Meanwhile, legal counsels of Bangladesh Nationalist Party's (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday said that they were filing a bail petition with the apex court to ensure the release of the former prime minister from prison as soon as possible. 

While speaking to the media at the Supreme Court premises, Khaleda's panel lawyer, Advocate Zainul Abedin, said that the decision in this regard will be taken within one or two days.

Barrister Ehsanur Rahman, another member of the panel, said: “Two bail petitions are needed to ensure Khaleda’s release from jail. One will be filed with the Appellate Division for the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case and the other with the High Court division for the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.”

“If  the BNP Chairperson does not get bail, her family members thought of an alternative by applying for parole for better treatment abroad,” Ehsanur added.

“We will seek permission to take her abroad for better treatment as her condition is worsening day by day,” Selima Islam, sister of Khaleda Zia, told the BBC recently.

Earlier on Friday, Obaidul Quader said: “BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir spoke to me about the release of Khaleda Zia a few days back.” 

The minister also said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had been informed accordingly.

Khaleda, a three-time former prime minister, has been in prison since February last year, serving a total of 17 years in the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust corruption cases.

The 74-year-old was transferred from the old central jail on Nazim Uddin Road to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on April 1 this year, for better treatment.