Bangladesh grants parole to ex-PM Khaleda's son

Ex-PM Khaleda earlier asked the government, which has been running the country since January last year, to free her sons and send them abroad for medical treatment.

Bangladesh grants parole to ex-PM Khaleda's son
Bangladesh's army-backed interim government granted eight weeks parole to the younger son of detained former prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia on Thursday, home ministry officials said.

They said Arafat Rahman would leave a prison cell in a Dhaka hospital soon and could be sent abroad in a day or two for medical treatment.

Arafat, a businessman, was arrested with his mother in September last year, five months after his elder brother Tareque Rahman was detained.

They have been held for alleged corruption and are facing trials by special courts under emergency power rules.

Officials said Tareque, senior joint secretary-general of Khaleda's Bangladesh Nationalist Party and her likely political heir, was expected to be given parole in a few days.

Khaleda earlier asked the government, which has been running the country since January last year, to free her sons and send them abroad for medical treatment.

Khaleda, however, rejected suggestion by her physicians that she should also seek treatment overseas, prison officials said.

During a recent court appearance, Khaleda said Bangladesh had many good doctors to treat her at home and there was no need for her to travel abroad.

Khaleda's rival and former prime minister Sheikh Hasina was also granted two months' parole in June for medical treatment abroad. She left for the United States on June 12.

Reuters
Last Mod: 17 Temmuz 2008, 15:25
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