Niko graft case: Court frames charges against Khaleda
A Dhaka court on Sunday framed charges against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and seven others in Niko graft case. Judge of Dhaka Special Court-9 Sheikh Hafizur Rahman framed the charges. The court also fixed May 23 for recording the testimonies of the witnesses in the case. Advocate Masud Ahmmed Talukdar stood for Khaleda. Three other accused in the case- Khandaker Shahidul Islam, CM Yusuf Hossain and Businessperson Gias Uddin Al Mamun- were present at the court. Meanwhile, the court also issued a warrant for the arrest of another accused, Selim Bhuiya, in the case when his counsel Jakaria Haidar filed a petition seeking time. Earlier, the court deferred the hearing on charge framing in the case for several times. On December 9, 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case accusing Khaleda and four others of causing a loss of Tk 137.77 billion to the state by signing an oil and gas exploration deal with Canadian company Niko on behalf of the state that was deemed to not place Bangladesh's national interest above all other considerations, and swayed by graft. Also read: Hearing on Niko case charge framing Mar 18 The anti-graft body pressed charges in court against 11 people, including Khaleda, in May 2008. The other accused in the case are former principal secretary Kamal Uddin Siddique, Khandaker Shahidul Islam, CM Yusuf Hossain, former Bapex general manager Mir Mainul Haq, Giasuddin Al Mamun, former parliamentarian MAH Selim and former vice-president of South-Asia affairs Niko Kashem Sharif. Among the accused, BNP Standing Committee Member Barrister Moudud Ahmed, former state minister AKM Mosharraf Hossain and former secretary of Bapex Shafiur Rahman died during the trial proceedings. Khaleda was sent to the Old Dhaka Central Jail as a lower court sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8, 2018. Later, she was found guilty and convicted in another corruption case the same year. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the government temporarily freed Khaleda Zia from jail through an executive order by suspending her sentence on March 25, 2020, with conditions that she would stay at her Gulshan house and would not leave the country. Since then, her release term has been extended every six months following the family's plea.The 77-year-old BNP chief has been staying at her Gulshan residence since her release in 2020. She also received treatment at Evercare Hospital in the capital six times since she was infected with Covid-19 in April 2021.
Khaleda can do politics, but not participate in next general election: Anisul
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia can take part in politics, but she is barred from contesting in the next general election because of her conviction for corruption, Law Minister Anisul Huq said on Sunday. The government will not interfere in her doing politics, the minister said adding “Whether she will do politics or not, it’s her personal matter.” The minister was talking to reporters after attending an orientation course held at Judicial Administration Training Institute (JATI) in the city. “The constitution states that any person who has been sentenced to two years of imprisonment cannot participate in the elections. There is nothing new to say,” said Anisul. Read more: BNP demands unconditional release of Khaleda The BNP leader has been convicted of cases of corruption in Zia Orphanage Trust and sentenced to 10 years in jail. In another corruption case involving Zia Charitable Trust she has been given seven years of imprisonment. Her sentences have been suspended by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on humanitarian grounds because of her poor health.
HC extends bail to Khaleda in two defamation cases
The High Court on Monday extended BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail in two defamation cases filed in Dhaka and Narail districts. The HC bench of Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam and Justice Md Aminul Islam passed the order after hearing a petition. The bail was extended until the disposition of the two cases. Barrister Kaisar Kamal stood for Khaleda Zia. On December 21, 2015, Khaleda Zia at a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh raised questions about the actual number of Liberation War martyrs saying, "There're controversies over how many were martyred in the Liberation War. There're also many books and documents on the controversies." Reacting to Khaleda's remarks, Raihan Farooque Imam of Naragati in Narail, filed a case with the Cognisance Court on December 24, 2015. On January 5, 2016, Jananetri Parishad President AB Siddiqui filed another case with Dhaka Metropolitan Chief Magistrate Court. The High Court on August 13 and 14, 2018 granted six-month bail to Khaleda in the two cases. Later, the state counsel filed a petition seeking stay on the High Court order and the Appellate Division also upheld the HC order. Then the bail was extended several times in the two cases.
Khaleda admitted to Evercare for tests
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was admitted to Evercare Hospital on Sunday for some more medical tests, six days after she had several required tests in the same hospital. The BNP chief reached the hospital around 9:45pm from her Gulshan residence, said her media wing member Shamsuddin Didar. She was later admitted to the hospital as per doctors’ advice, he said. Khaleda’s medical team member Dr AZM Zahid Hossain said the BNP chief will undergo some more medical tests as per the advice of her medical board. Zahid said the medical board is expected to sit on Monday to review the test reports and decide the next course of her treatment. Read: EVMs to be used in maximum 150 constituencies in next national polls: EC Khaleda Zia is staying at a cabin in the hospital. Earlier on August 22, Khaleda underwent Echo, ECG, USG, X-ray and blood tests, as a follow-up after coronary angioplasty. Reviewing the reports of those tests, the medical board recommended admitting the BNP chief to the hospital for some more tests. Khaleda, a 77-year-old former prime minister, has been suffering from various ailments, including liver cirrhosis. On June 10, the BNP chief suffered a heart attack due to a 95 per cent block in her left artery and a stent was placed there by removing the blockage at the same hospital the following day. Khaleda spent some time in Old Dhaka Central Jail as a lower court sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8, 2018. Later, she was found guilty in another corruption case the same year. Read: Khaleda undergoes required medical tests at Evercare Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the government temporarily freed Khaleda from jail through an executive order suspending her sentence on March 25, 2020, on conditions that she would stay at her Gulshan house, and would not leave the country. The BNP chief was admitted to Evercare Hospital six times since she was infected with Covid-19 in April 2021. Khaleda’s family submitted several applications to the government seeking permission to send her to an advanced centre abroad for the treatment of her multiple health complications, but the government has rejected it every time as she was convicted of corruption by the court in two cases.
Khaleda turns 77 Monday
BNP chairperson and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia turns ‘77' on Monday. The party will only arrange doa mahfils across the country on Monday seeking long life and early recovery of Khaleda. BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Sunday said their party’s all city, district, upazila and thana units will arrange the doa and milad mahfils at their offices seeking the salvation of the departed souls of the party leaders and activists who died in the ongoing democratic movement and the recovery of those injured. He made the announcement at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office. “Our beloved leader’s (Khaleda’s) 77th birthday is tomorrow (Monday). Begum Khaleda Zia is an embodiment of the hopes and aspirations of the democracy-loving people of this country. All her life she struggled and did politics for democracy,” Rizvi said. He alleged that Khaleda has been kept in jail so that the government can continue its ‘illegal activities. "We demand her unconditional release." Read: Khaleda turns ‘76’ Saturday As in the last six years, the party has no programme to cut any cake to celebrate the birthday in the early hours of Monday. . Contacted, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told UNB that they have no programme, except doa mahfil, to celebrate Khaleda’s birthday as she is sick. Besides, he said they have not been celebrating her birthday for the last few years with any programme as per Khaleda’s directives. “We only pray for her wellbeing on the day.” Amid criticisms by Awami League leaders for celebrating her birthday on the National Mourning Day, BNP marked her 71st, 72nd and 73rd, 74th, 75th and 76th birthdays by holding doa mahfils instead of cutting any cake. Khaleda was sent to Old Dhaka Central Jail she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case by a lower court on February 8, 2018. On March 25, 2020, the BNP chief was released from jail upon an executive order on some conditions considering her age and humanitarian ground following an application by her family. According to BNP’s website, Khaleda Zia was born to Iskandar Majumder and Taiyaba Majumder on August 15, 1945, in Dinajpur district. She is the fourth among her four sisters and two brothers. Meanwhile, the nation is set to observe the National Mourning Day on the same day commemorating the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on August 15, 1975. Khaleda and her party used to observe August 15 as her birthday since 1991 amid controversy over her date of birth. Awami League leaders have long been claiming that her birthday is September 5, 1945, as per her marriage certificate while August 19, 1946, as per her first passport. Khaleda herself put the date as August 9, 1944 while registering for her matriculation exams, they said.
Khaleda to celebrate Eid with sister, granddaughter
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with her close relatives, including sister Selina Islam and granddaughter Zahiya Rahman at her Gulshan residence on Sunday. Selina will go to Khaleda’s house bringing traditional food items at noon on Eid, while senior BNP leaders, including secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will exchange greetings with her in the evening. Talking to UNB, Selina said her sister is still sick and remains under the observation of doctors. Also read: Khaleda returns home from hospital “So, we can’t always meet her directly any time we desire. As tomorrow (Sunday) is Eid, I will go to her house and spend the day with her,” she said. Selina said Khaleda’s granddaughter Zahia, the younger daughter of late Arafat Rahman Koko, will also spend the Eid day with her. She said some other close relatives, including her younger brother Shamim Eskandar's wife Nasrin Eskandar and mothers-in-law of her two sons, are also likely to meet the BNP chief. Thrice-former prime minister Khaleda, 76, has long been suffering from various ailments, including liver cirrhosis, arthritis, diabetes, heart, kidney, lung and eye problems. Also read: Khaleda to return home from hospital today She returned home after a 14-day stay in the capital's Evercare Hospital on June 24. The hospital visit was prompted by a mild heart attack, that led to doctors inserting an artificial ring, or stent, in one of her arteries where it had 95% blockage. Two more blockages were found in the arteries of the BNP chairperson through a coronary angiogram, which may require stenting later.
Khaleda returns home from hospital
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia returned home on Friday evening after a 14-day stay in the capital's Evercare Hospital for the treatment of her various health complications, including blockages in her arteries. The BNP chief left the hospital at about 5:40pm and reached her Gulshan residence around 6:10pm. Earlier at a press conference, the medical board formed to ensure Khaleda’s treatment at the hospital, said the ailing BNP chief was discharged from the hospital due to a risk of Covid infection as the virus cases are on the rise again in the country. Dr Shahabuddin Talukder, the head of the medical board, said, "Madame (Khaleda) is still ill. But she’s now stable. We don’t want to keep her here (hospital) now amid the surge in Covid cases. There’s a chance of Covid and other infections if she now stays here.” He also feared that her condition will be very critical if Khaleda gets a viral or bacterial infection. “That is why the full medical board has decided to release her from the hospital.” The physician said if there is any complications further, she will be admitted to the hospital immediately. “Bleeding complication is now a very challenging matter for her. As she has a liver cirrhosis problem, she is now at high risk of bleeding. We overcame her kidney complications. There are still two blockages in her coronary arteries,” he said. Prof Shahabuddin said Khaleda will have to be kept under full monitoring though she is going to stay at home. He said the doctors will ensure her proper treatment at her residence. Replying to a question, Dr Shahabuddin said they identified three blockages, including a culprit one with 95 percent block, in the BNP chief’s arteries. As per the international medical guideline practice, he said they set up a stent removing only the culprit blockage which was causing her chest pain and heart failure. The physicians said the BNP chairperson was facing renal and heart failure while they were removing her blockage. “Her kidneys could have been totally shut down had we tried to remove two other blockages. That's why we didn't remove those blockages." Also read: Khaleda to return home from hospital today He also said they treated Khaleda by overcoming many challenges as she has liver cirrhosis, diabetes, kidney problem and other comorbidities. “We all were shaky while treating her due to various challenges.” The doctor also said they might not save Khaleda if she was not taken to the hospital immediately in the early hours of June 10. Another medical board member Professor AFM Siddiqui said the BNP chief has many critical illnesses, including renal failure, chances of bleeding and liver cirrhosis. Stating that there is no treatment for liver cirrhosis in the country, he said they just stopped the bleeding spots through ligation. “But we have not been able to follow up on them. It’s becoming riskier to follow up now due to her cardiac condition.” The physician said they have long been repeatedly talking about sending Khaleda to an advanced centre for her comprehensive treatment of all critical diseases. “We don’t have that kind of centre and measures. That is why we have been saying that her proper and complete treatment is not possible in our country.” Dr AZM Zahid Hossain, a personal doctor of Khaleda, said the BNP chief and her family members thanked all, including doctors, nurses, paramedics and everyone involved with the management of the hospital, for providing her treatment with sincerity. He said the BNP chief also urged the country’s people to pray for her speedy recovery. Khaleda was admitted to Evercare Hospital on June 10 as she complained of chest pain. Later, doctors said she suffered a heart attack due to 95 per cent blockage in her left artery and a stent was placed there by removing the blockage.” Two more blockages were found in the arteries of the BNP chairperson through a coronary angiogram. She was shifted to a cabin from the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) on June 15. Khaleda, a 76-year-old former prime minister, has long been suffering from various ailments, including liver cirrhosis, arthritis, diabetes, kidney, lung and eye problems.
Khaleda gets permanent bail in defamation cases
The High Court on Thursday has granted permanent bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in two defamation cases. From now on, the BNP chief will remain on bail until the end of the cases’ procedures. The bench of Justice Jahangir Hossain and Justice Shahed Nuruddin passed the bail order by disposal of the rule in two cases. Also read: Khaleda shifted to cabin from CCU Khaleda’s counsel Kaisar Kamal stood for her while Deputy Attorney General Sarwar Hossain Bappi represented the state. AB Siddique, president of Bangladesh Jananetri Parishad, a pro-Awami League organisation, filed the cases against Khaleda Zia accusing her of hurting the religious sentiment of the Muslims and for making derogatory comments on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on October 21, 2014, and on January 25, 2017, respectively. Also read: Khaleda must follow legal process for treatment abroad, says Home Minister
Khaleda to be kept under close observation for some more days
The medical board at Evercare Hospital in the capital on Monday decided to keep ailing Khaleda Zia under close observation for some more days. Dr AZM Zahid Hossain, a personal physician of Khaleda, said this to UNB after a meeting of the medical board formed for ensuring proper treatment of the BNP chief. “The medical board today (Monday) reviewed Madam's (Khaleda’s) latest condition and various medical test reports. They’ve decided to keep her under close observation for some more days,” he said. Also read: Medical board to review Khaleda's condition Monday evening Zahid said seven out of 19 members of the medical board were present at the meeting chaired by Professor Shahabuddin Talukder, a cardiology and medicine specialist at the hospital. He said the medical board earlier kept her under observation for 72 hours following an angiogram performed on her on Saturday. “It’ll end tomorrow (Tuesday). The medical board will also sit tomorrow at 5 pm.” Zahid, also a vice-chairman of BNP, said the doctors at the hospital are monitoring Khaleda round the clock and sincerely ensuring her treatment. He said doctors at the meeting will review the BNP chief’s condition and different reports to decide her next course of treatment. Earlier on Sunday, he said three blockages were found in the arteries of the BNP chairperson through a coronary angiogram test conducted on Saturday. Also read: Send Khaleda abroad for treatment to evade public wrath: BNP to govt Zahid, also a BNP vice chairman, said Khaleda suffered a heart attack due to 95 percent blockage in her left artery. “A stent has been placed there by removing the blockage.” About two other blockages, Zahid said doctors will take proper measures in this regard after observing her condition as she has chronic kidney and liver problems. Earlier, Khaleda was admitted to Evercare Hospital in the capital in the early hours of Saturday as she suddenly fell ill. A ring (stent) was placed in the main artery of her heart on Saturday afternoon. Khaleda, a 76-year-old former prime minister, has long been suffering from various ailments, including liver cirrhosis, arthritis, diabetes, kidney, lung and eye problems.
Khaleda has two more blockages in arteries; kept under 72-hrs observation
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has been kept under close observation for 72 hours as she has two more blockages in her blood arteries and some other complications, said her physician Dr AZM Zahid Hossain on Sunday. He said three blockages were found in the arteries of the BNP chairperson through a coronary angiogram test conducted on Saturday as per the advice of the medical board formed at Evercare Hospital for her treatment. Zahid said Khaleda suffered a heart attack due to around a 95 percent blockage in her left artery. “A stent has been placed there by removing the blockage.” He said doctors are unwilling to make any comment on her current health condition until 72 hours have passed. “She is now there at CCU under close observation of the doctors.” About two other blockages, Zahid said doctors will take proper measures in this regard after observing her condition as she has chronic kidney and liver problems. He said the medicines that are required to remove the two other blockages may worsen the condition of her kidneys. Considering various aspects, Zahid said the medical board has done stenting on the vessel which was the most critical and hurting her physically. READ: Khaleda must follow legal process for treatment abroad, says Home Minister He said a 19-member medical board headed by Prof Shahabuddin Talukder has been observing the BNP chief’s condition and ensuring proper treatment to her with sincerity. Zahid, also a BNP vice chairman, said no family members and BNP leaders are being allowed to visit her now. He urged the country’s people to pray for speedy recovery of the BNP chairperson. Earlier, Khaleda Zia was admitted to Evercare Hospital in the capital in the early hours of Saturday as she suddenly fell ill. A ring (stent) was placed in the main artery of her heart on Saturday afternoon. Earlier at an emergency meeting, the medical board formed for ensuring treatment of Khaleda decided to perform the angiogram as she suffered a mild heart attack. Khaleda, a former prime minister, has been suffering from various ailments, including liver cirrhosis, arthritis, diabetes, kidney, lung and eye problems. The 76-year-old was last admitted to Evercare on November 13 last year where she was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis. On February 1, Khaleda returned home after an 81-day stay at the hospital as she was suffering from internal bleeding caused by liver cirrhosis. The former prime minister was sent to the Old Dhaka Central Jail as a lower court sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8, 2018. Later, she was found guilty in another corruption case the same year. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the government temporarily freed Khaleda from jail through an executive order suspending her sentence on March 25, 2020, with conditions that she will stay at her Gulshan home and not leave the country.