Bangladesh Nationalist Party said on Friday it would accept the proper medical treatment of party’s jailed chairperson Khaleda Zia at any specialised private hospital, without remaining stick to its previous demand for treatment at United Hospital.
The party alleged that the government is carrying out an ‘evil attempt’ to ‘kill’ Khaleda detaining her in prison by convicting in a ‘false’ case due to political ‘vendetta’.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, flanked by the party’s senior leaders, at a news conference at the party’s central office said they had stated about one specialised hospital for severely ill Khaleda’s proper treatment but there are many other specialised hospitals in the country.
He said that Khaleda and the party did not want her treatment at a government hospital as the incumbent government could not be trusted.
Fakhrul said they would send a letter to the home minister on Friday seeking his appointment for making arrangements for Khaleda’s proper treatment immediately.
Earlier, BNP had repeatedly demanded Khaleda’s treatment at the United hospital, refusing the government’s offer for her treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University or Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka.
Khaleda was sentenced to five years in jail in a graft case by a special Dhaka judge’s court on February 8 and was sent to old Dhaka central jail in Dhaka.
Fakhrul at the news conference said Khaleda’s family members met her at the jail on Thursday and found her very sick as her left hand and leg nearly got ‘numbed.’
‘We are very worried about her health,’ Fakhrul said adding that now Khaleda remained in a position that raised question about her life.
Fakhrul said that according to the constitution and the existing law of the land the trial of an ailing individual could be conducted until he or she was cured.
He said the government without paying heed to BNP’s demands confined Khaleda to a damp room in an abandoned jail.
Fakhrul said that the government attempted to convict Khaleda to hold unilateral poll keeping her away from politics.
He claimed that the ‘anti-people’ government was certain that its political existence would be at stake and would face a debacle in the election if Khaleda got freed.
Asked about the prime minister’s remarks made on Thursday that late president Ziaur Rahman hanged Col. Abu Taher in the name of trial setting up court inside the jail, Fakhrul said that was not under ‘civil administration’ and that was ‘martial law’ at that time.
Standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain refuted the prime minister’s comment that such thing had happened during the period of Ziaur Rahman.
He said that then justice Abu Sahadat Md Sayem government had proclaimed martial law in the country and the constitution was suspended.
Ziaur Rahman had withdrawn the martial law after assuming the power, he said, adding that the trial took place during the time of Zia was a trial against sedition while the present trial (of Khaleda) is a political and corruption case.
Meanwhile, four senior lawyers of Khaleda on Friday met with her at the jail.
The delegation of the lawyers, led by BNP standing committee member Jamiruddin Sircar, also a former speaker of the parliament, entered in old Dhaka central jail around 4:30 pm.
After coming out of the jail after an hour, Zainul Abedin, who was on the lawyer delegation, told journalists that the health condition of Khaleda Zia is very bad.
The ailing BNP chairperson is needed urgent medical treatment at specialised hospital, he said, adding that her health condition is so bad that it would not be possible for her to appear before the court.
The makeshift court at Alia Madrasha ground conducting the trial of Zia Charitable Trust graft case against Khaleda was transferred to the old Dhaka central jail on Tuesday.
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