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Ailing Bangla ex-PM Khaleda Zia shifted back to jail

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

authorities on Thursday sent former back to jail after a month of treatment in a hospital here, an said.

Zia, 73, was sent as the certified her fitness to serve the 10-year prison term after she was admitted to the hospital on October 6 following a order.

"She was sent to the jail after medical examination of her health by doctors," told as the ex-was taken back to the old premises of where is the lone inmate.

(BSMMU) hospital's Brigadier General said the ex-was released after a medical board formed for her treatment issued her discharge certificate.

But general alleged was taken to prison "illegally" adding "doctors did not release her rather this was all the doing of the hospital's director".

Zia, was serving 10 years of prison term in two graft cases at the correction centre until she was admitted to the for treatment due to different ailments.

She was taken to hospital last month when her condition deteriorated. Her doctors say Zia cannot use her left hand because of severe arthritis. She is diabetic and also has problems with her neck and shoulder.

On return to the prison, Zia was produced before a makeshift special court inside the complex as a hearing was underway on a third corruption charge involving a

"Zia said she is still sick and yet the produced her before the court," a of the ex-said.

The court is trying her and 10 others for contracting out a major exploration deal to Canadian company Niko abusing her power in exchange of kickbacks uring her tenure as the in 2001-2006.

The development came a day after Sheikh concluded on Wednesday a two-round crucial dialogue with opposition platform Front (NUF) ahead of the upcoming expected by next month.

The dialogue visibly failed to break an impasse on the polls time system but the ruling party said talks could continue despite the end of the dialogue process.

Zia's Nationalist Party boycotted the 2014 vote in which returned to power but is expected to contest the election this year.

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 18:40 IST
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