Law minister: Khaleda is free, not in government custody

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BNP chief can receive treatment anywhere in Bangladesh, says Anisul Huq

Law Minister Anisul Huq on Sunday said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is now free as she is not in government custody for sure.

“She [Khaleda] is definitely free. She’s obviously not in our custody or in government custody. Staying here, she can definitely receive treatment anywhere she wishes, and she’s doing so,” he told parliament.

The law minister said this in parliament replying to a remark made by BNP MP Rumeen Farhana who claimed in the House that Khaleda Zia still remains in “government custody”.

“If anything happens to the leader, the government will have to bear full responsibility as she has been in government custody for the last three years. She’s still in government custody,” said Rumeen.
She said the law minister earlier argued that Khaleda Zia would have to go back to jail for going abroad as there is no scope to reconsider a decided case under the same provision (Section 401) of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
Rumeen said: “But there’s nothing like this in Section 401 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The provision gives the government unlimited authority to take any decision in this regard.”

BNP MP Mosharraf Hossain said since the government argues that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia needs to go back to jail to get permission for going abroad, the government can declare her residence a sub-jail and allow her to go abroad.

Replying to the remarks, the law minister said he still stands by what he said in this regard. No decision can be given anymore in a decided case, he said earlier but did not refer to Section 401.

“I have different opinions about the explanations you gave over Section 401 (of the CrPC),” he said, pointing at the BNP MPs.

Anisul Huq said Khaleda Zia was freed on humanitarian grounds and the government would consider whether the fresh demand over her could be accepted or not.
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