Trial court of Khaleda’s 12 cases shifted to Keraniganj Central Jail
The government has decided to hold trials of 12 cases filed against jailed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at Keraniganj Central Jail in Dhaka.
In a gazette notification on Monday, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry said the cases were transferred to the makeshift court set up at the jail's Building No 2 for security reasons.
The move indicates that the former prime minister will be shifted to the Keraniganj jail from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), where she has been undergoing treatment since April 1.
The BNP chairperson has been in jail at the old Dhaka central jail on Nazimuddin Road since a special court convicted her in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8, 2018. Later, on October 30, she was convicted in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case and sentenced to seven years' rigorous imprisonment by a special court.
On April 1 this year, Khaleda was admitted to the BSMMU Hospital as her health condition deteriorated. A five-member medical board was formed to examine her condition.
Following a check-up, doctors at BSMMU had said that the BNP chief was not suffering from any serious illness, but she was unable to walk without assistance.
On March 10, the hospital authorities took all necessary preparations to admit Khaleda there to ensure her better treatment as per a court order.