Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia will be released from jail for six months on suspension of her sentences upon two conditions, said law minister Anisul Huq on Tuesday.
The conditions for her are — receiving treatment staying at her Gulshan residence and not leaving the country. The minister said this at a press conference at his Gulshan office.
The law minister said they took the decision at the directives of prime minister Sheikh Hasina considering her age and humanitarian ground.
He said 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.
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Khaleda Zia’s brother Shamim Eskandar, her sister Selima Islam along with her husband Rafiqul Islam met prime minister Sheikh Hasina and made an appeal for her release through the executive order, Anisul said.
Under the circumstances, he said, the former prime minister’s sentences have been suspended as per section 401 of Criminal Code of Procedure (CrPc).
He said he sent his opinion about Khaleda’s release to the home ministry.
Anisul said the home ministry will now take necessary steps to release Khaleda Zia.
He said the government’s order will come into effect when the home ministry releases her from jail.