Khaleda Zia taken to BSMMU for medical tests


Dhaka, Apr 07: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has been taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for some medical tests.An ambulance carrying Khaleda Zia reached the hospital around 11.30am on Saturday.

The former prime minister left the old prison at old Dhaka’s Nazimuddin Road in a black vehicle around 11:15am on Saturday.

An ambulance and two other cars followed her vehicle. RAB provided security for the convoy.

Khaleda Zia arrived at BSMMU under strict security around 11:30am. She got off the car and boarded an elevator to the cabin block.

BSMMU officials say she will stay at cabin 512.

Khaleda Zia will undergo an X-Ray and a blood test, they said. The hospital’s Department of Radiology and Imaging’s X-Ray Room 1/A and Cabin Block Department of Pathology Blood Test Room have been prepared for her tests.

“She reached the hospital safely under our care,” Dhaka Joint Police Commissioner Sheikh Nazmul Alam told the media.

“She will be returned to prison after her tests.”

A group of BNP activists protested at the BSMMU gates as Khaleda Zia arrived. Five of them were detained by police.

A cabin at BSMMU had been made ready for the former prime minister at the request of jail authorities, said BSMMU Treasurer Ali Asgor Moral.

Earlier on April 1, a four-member medical board formed for the treatment of the BNP chief examined her at old central jail.

She fell sick in the jail on March 29 and postponed a scheduled meeting with its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

On February 8, Special Judge’s Court-5 of Dhaka sentenced Khaleda to five years’ rigorous imprisonment after it had found her and five others guilty in Zia orphanage trust graft case.

The court also awarded jail sentences to Tarique Rahman, now the acting chairman of BNP, and four others for 10 years and fined them Tk 2.10 crore, saying that all the six convicts have to pay the fine in equal amounts.

The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the graft case with Ramna Police Station in July 2008, accusing the six of misappropriating over Tk 2.1 crore that came from a foreign bank as grants for orphans.