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Medical Team Examines Former Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia's Health In Dhaka Jail

Zia was jailed for five years in February after being convicted of corruption, a sentence that triggered clashes between police and thousands of BNP supporters.

Medical Team Examines Former Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia's Health In Dhaka Jail
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Medical Team Examines Former Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia's Health In Dhaka Jail
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2018-09-16T15:17:15+05:30

A five-member medical board examined the health condition of former Bangladesh prime minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia at old Dhaka central jail.

According to a Dhaka Tribune report, the medical team entered the jail premises around 3.45 pm and came out around 4:30 pm on Saturday. The 73-year-old is currently on trial for corruption charges in a makeshift courtroom inside a 19th-century British-built prison where she is the only inmate and in failing health.

Dhaka Central Jail jailer Mahbubul Islam said that the medical team examined the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief for about 20-30 minutes.

"The doctors examined Khaleda from 20-30 minutes. They will give the prescription later and prison authorities will take necessary actions, accordingly," he told the reporters.

The medical board was constituted on Thursday by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), after receiving a letter from the jail authorities, confirmed BSMMU Director Brig Gen Md Abdullah-Al-Harun, according to the report.

Zia, already serving a five-year term, attended a hearing last week in a wheelchair, telling the court she was extremely ill and is losing feeling in her hand and in a leg.

Zia was jailed for five years in February after being convicted of corruption, a sentence that triggered clashes between police and thousands of BNP supporters.

She was granted bail in a corruption case in May but remains in jail while she fights dozens of other violence and graft charges.

She was found guilty then of embezzling money intended for an orphanage, a charge she dismissed as politically motivated.

Zia is appealing against the verdict which bars her from standing in a general election to be held in December.

(PTI)

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