Law Minister Anisul Huq today said he has finalised his opinion on the files regarding BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s treatment abroad, but refused to disclose the opinion.
“I have readied my opinion. I will send it to home ministry tomorrow (Sunday) morning. I will not disclose my opinion at this moment,” he told The Daily Star tonight.
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The government released Khaleda Zia on March 25 last year after suspending her jail sentence as per section 401 (1) of the Criminal Code of Procedure (CrPC).
Section 401(1) of the CrPC says, “When any person has been sentenced to punishment for an offence, the Government may at any time without conditions or upon any conditions which the person sentenced accepts, suspend the execution of his/her sentence or remit the whole or any part of the punishment to which he/she has been sentenced”.
Later on, the suspension of her jail sentence was extended twice and the government issued separate notifications to this effect.
The notification said Khaleda will receive treatment at her home and she cannot go abroad during this period.
The BNP chief landed in jail on February 8, 2018, after a special court sentenced her to five years in prison in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. On October 30, 2018, the High Court raised her punishment to 10 years.