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Medical team examines Khaleda Zia's health in Dhaka jail

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

A team comprising five doctors visited the old Dhaka central jail here to examine the health condition of former and Nationalist Party Khaleda Zia, a media report said on Sunday.

Zia, 73, is currently on trial for corruption charges in a makeshift courtroom inside a 19th-century British-built prison where she is the only inmate and in failing health.

The medical team entered the jail premises around 3.45 pm and came out around 4:30 pm on Saturday, the reported.

Mahbubul Islam said that the medical team examined Zia for about 20-30 minutes.

"The doctors examined Khaleda from 20-30 minutes. They will give the prescription later and prison authorities will take necessary actions, accordingly," he told the reporters.

The medical board was constituted on Thursday by (BSMMU), after receiving a letter from the jail authorities, confirmed BSMMU Director Brig Gen Md Abdullah-Al-Harun, according to the report.

Zia, already serving a five-year term, attended a hearing last week in a wheelchair, telling the court she was extremely ill and is losing feeling in her hand and in a leg.

Zia was jailed for five years in February after being convicted of corruption, a sentence that triggered clashes between police and thousands of BNP supporters.

She was granted bail in a corruption case in May but remains in jail while she fights dozens of other violence and graft charges.

She was found guilty then of embezzling money intended for an orphanage, a charge she dismissed as politically motivated.

Zia is appealing against the verdict which bars her from standing in a to be held in December.

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First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 11:25 IST