July 30, 2021

Bangladeshi opposition leader Zia is transferred to a hospital from jail

Bangladeshi opposition leader Zia is transferred to a hospital from jail



The opposition leader and former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zía, sentenced in February to five years in prison for corruption, was taken to a Dhaka hospital today, after months of legal battles to decide the center and even the doctors who will attend her.

"Khaleda Zía was transferred to the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University at about 3:30 pm (0930 GMT)," Deputy Commissioner of the Capital Police, Krishnapada Roy, confirmed to Efe, explaining that they have put in place special security measures for their stay.

Zia, leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was sent to the hospital after a court ordered her transfer on Thursday and asked the government to remove several presumptively pro-government doctors from the medical board that will be in charge of her.

Zia's lawyer, Jainul Abedin, told Efe that they were not allowed to meet with the opposition leader when she was taken from prison, although she confirmed that they witnessed her transfer.

The former prime minister remained in prison since a special court sentenced her on February 8 for the fraud of about $ 200,000 through a foundation she created to finance an orphanage, a sentence that occurred when Bangladesh plans to hold general elections before next January 5th.

Zia currently has more than a dozen cases opened against him for corruption, violence and sedition, a situation that, according to the BNP, also affects hundreds of party members.

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