Khaleda not given division yet: Moudud

DHAKA : BNP senior leader Barrister Moudud Ahmed on Saturday alleged that their party chief Khaleda Zia has not yet been given division in jail though she was a former prime minister, reports UNB.
“It’s a matter of regret that our leader (Khaleda) has not yet been given division though she is a three-time Prime Minister,” he said.
Moudud, also a counsel for Khaleda, brought the allegation while talking to reporters at the gate of old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the capital before meeting her. He said 18 categories of prisoners, including ex-prime minister, are entitled to get division under the jail code. “But she (Khaleda) has not been given that.” The former law minister said they will file an appeal against the lower court verdict as soon as they get a certified copy of the judgment.
Later, Moudud and four other Khaleda’s lawyers-Barrister Jamiruddin Sircar, former attorney general AJ Mohammad Ali, Abdur Rezzak Khan and Khandker Mahbub Hossain-entered the jail at 4:20pm and came out around 6 pm.
After meeting the BNP chairperson, Moudud said they will appeal against the lower court verdict on Monday or Tuesday if they get the certified copy of the judgment.
He said Khaleda has been kept at a lonely prison, which is far from people. “She has been given food like ordinary prisoners.” Mentioning that domestic help Fatima has been serving her for the last 15-20 years, Moudud said but she is not allowed to serve Khaleda. “It’s not true that the BNP chairperson has been given division.”
On Thursday, a special court here convicted Khaleda and sentenced her to five year’s imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Later, she was taken to the old central jail at at Nazimuddin Road.