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No legal scope to send Khaleda abroad for treatment: Minister

Published: 15:28, 23 June 2024

No legal scope to send Khaleda abroad for treatment: Minister

Staff Correspondent

Law Minister Anisul Huq on Sunday said that there is no provision in the law to send BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia abroad for treatment.

"Khaleda Zia's jail sentence has been suspended under an executive order that was issued on the basis of a law. And under this law, there is no scope for sending her abroad,” the law minister said.

He said this while replying to questions from journalists after attending as chief guest the inauguration of the training course for senior assistant judges at Judicial Administration Training Institute (JATI) in Dhaka.

He further said: “A process has been initiated to place a pacemaker on Khaleda Zia as part of her cardiovascular treatment as far as I know."

On Saturday, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was admitted to Evercare Hospital in the capital after suddenly falling ill.

"She was rushed to the hospital on doctors' advice," said Prof AZM Zahid Hossain, Khaleda’s personal physician.

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He said the BNP chief was taken to the hospital by ambulance around 3:05am.

Later, she was admitted to the Critical Care Unit (CCU) at 3:30am.

Khaleda last went to Evercare Hospital on May 1 for a health check-up. During the visit, doctors treated her at the CCU for two days.

The former prime minister, aged 79, has long battled various ailments, including liver cirrhosis, arthritis, diabetes, and issues related to the kidney, lung, heart, and eyes.

Since her conditional release from prison in 2020, the BNP chief has been receiving medical care repeatedly at the hospital under the supervision of a medical board headed by cardiologist Prof. Shahabuddin Talukder.

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Khaleda's doctors have been advising to send her abroad since she was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis in November 2021.

On October 26 last year, three US specialist doctors completed a hepatic procedure known as transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS procedure) to stop water accumulation in Khaleda’s stomach and chest, and bleeding in her liver.