Three-time former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia is now isolated from politics. He completed three years in prison yesterday. He has been on bail on special conditions since March 25 last year after failing legally. Bail was initially granted for six months.
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In the second phase, the bail was extended from September 24 last year to March 26. This bail is also on the way to the end. Khaleda Zia’s family is negotiating with the government. Want to go to London. He told his family that he wanted to leave the country. Preliminary preparations have been made to meet the Prime Minister and Home Minister soon. The BNP high command is in the dark about what is in the petition, how the family is going to the Prime Minister like before. The family is doing everything on the advice of Khaleda Zia.
According to reliable sources of the party, the image of uncompromising leader Begum Khaleda Zia has been tarnished in the political arena. So he may not come to the political arena radically anymore. The family is now giving more importance to treatment and survival. The political chapter of Begum Khaleda Zia, who is suffering from various physical problems, maybe on the way to the end.
When a political leader goes to jail, he often develops more and emerges as a bigger leader. But Begum Khaleda Zia’s imprisonment is ending her political chapter due to the de facto role of the party. In two and a half years, the party could not do anything about the release of Khaleda Zia. So he is leaving the country and giving importance to living in London.
There is a green signal from the government to release him before his term expires in March. Reliable sources in the family have confirmed such information to the media in the country. As part of Khaleda’s preparations to leave the country, four lawyers, including his lawyer Khandaker Mahbub and Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon, have filed a draft application for extension of bail in coordination with his family.
The party’s high command thinks that even if Khaleda Zia is out of jail, she is not completely free. He has been placed under house arrest. The only way for him to survive now. Therefore, the family will submit an application to the Prime Minister this week. He will meet the Prime Minister again for new bail. They will seek the permission of the Prime Minister in a written request to take Khaleda Zia abroad.
A congratulatory letter from Khaleda Zia thanking the Prime Minister has already been prepared in collaboration with senior lawyers, a source said. Advance treatment will be mentioned in the application and letter. With his permission, brother Shamim Eskander submitted documents including his own and his sister Khaleda Zia’s passport to the British High Commission. The international community has also announced to stay by Khaleda’s side if the government gives permission. The British High Commission had earlier announced a visa for his treatment if the government allowed it.
In this context, the British High Commissioner Robert Dixon said that if the government allows, they will give Khaleda Zia a visa to go to Britain for treatment.
Lawyer Khandaker Mahbub Hossain told the media that the main purpose of Khaleda Zia’s release was good treatment, advanced treatment. Advanced treatment is not happening here in Proper Way. That’s why he wants to go abroad, his family wants it too. Even before this, the government has seen the application from the family as positive. If the application is made this time, we hope that the government will take it positively. The application will be considered to consider the humanitarian aspect through the legal process.
Khaleda Zia’s personal physician and BNP vice-chairman. AZM Zahid Hossain told the media that even though the state has temporarily released Khaleda Zia for medical treatment, she is not getting better treatment. He now needs advanced treatment which we call in the language of physicians – modern medicine. He will have to take the same treatment where he has taken it in the past, including in London and New York. It is not possible to give him advanced treatment at home. Now he needs permanent bail and medical treatment. Khaleda Zia’s lawyer Barrister Kaiser Kamal, the legal secretary of the central BNP, told Amar Sangbad that the permanent bail being talked about from all quarters now depends on the government. We have appealed for a final hearing. If the government has goodwill, he will get justice soon.
Asked by Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, a member of the party’s standing committee, he said, “Lawyers know this very well. We don’t know what lawyers are doing.”
(Although such news was published in some media including my news of the country, it was not possible to verify all the information.)