Bangladesh Nationalist Party - BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia has been released this afternoon, 25 months after she landed in jail in a graft case. She walked out of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, where she was being treated, around 4:20 p.m. She was taken to her Gulshan residence.
BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia, who was released from jail for six months following an executive order, reached her posh Gulshan residence, ‘Firoza’, on Wednesday afternoon after two years, one month and 16 days.
After walking out of the prison cell of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) where she has been undergoing treatment since Apr 1 last year, Khaleda started for her Gulshan residence around 4:20 p.m.
Though the roads were almost empty, it took her nearly an hour to reach Firoza as huge party leaders and activists escorted the vehicle carrying her up to Karwanbazar.
The government on Tuesday passed the executive order for her release upon two conditions - receiving treatment staying at her Gulshan residence and not leaving the country.
Meanwhile, Firoza’, the posh home of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at Road No 79 in Dhaka’s Gulshan area which turned into an abandoned house since she went to jail, has been prepared, dewormed and sanitised for her comfortable stay there.
It was learnt that, Khaleda’s personal physicians will provide her treatment at her residence. Now it depends on Khaleda’s decision whether she will receive treatment at her residence or any hospital.
Khaleda’s domestic assistant, Fatema, will be staying with the BNP chief as has been with her in jail voluntarily.
Khaleda Zia’s family recently submitted an application to the government seeking an executive order to have the BNP chief released for her treatment in London.
Her brother Shamim Eskandar, sister Selima Islam, and her (Selima’s) husband Dr Rafiqul Islam met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and made an appeal for her release through the executive order.
Under the circumstances, the former prime minister’s sentences have been suspended as per section 401 (1) of Criminal Code of Procedure (CrPC), said Law Minister Annisul Huq on Tuesday.
Khaleda has been in jail since she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on Feb 8, 2018.
She was found guilty in another corruption case later the same year, though her party claims both cases are politically motivated.