Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has no legal scope to go abroad for medical treatment as per the opinion of the law ministry.
He made the remarks in response to a question from reporters after a meeting on drug control at the secretariat on Tuesday afternoon.
The home minister said Khaleda Zia’s younger brother Shamim Eskander gave a letter seeking permission in this regard following which the law minister has given his opinion.
“We are reviewing that opinion. If we feel the need, we will consult more,” he added.
“The law minister has written that there is no legal opportunity. So, you must have understood our position. We will now decide the next step through discussion,” the Minister said.
Asked whether the humanitarian aspect would be considered, the Home Minister said, “We took measures from a humanitarian aspect. Khaleda Zia is a convict and her sentence was being carried out. We were giving her the highest medical care. She was receiving treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital. However, as her younger brother appealed to us, the prime minister suspended her sentence on humanitarian grounds and arranged for her to be treated at home, in order to give her a better chance.”
“There were instructions that she could take treatment anywhere in Bangladesh. Now her younger brother says that he will take her abroad. The opinion of the law minister is that there is no scope for this in the law, he added.