BNP chief Khaleda Zia to visit UK for treatment

BNP chief Khaleda Zia to visit UK for treatment

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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is going to leave for London for treatment in a day or two.Her elder son Tarique Rahman is staying there for the last seven years.“The chairperson is going to UK for treatment. She will be leaving tomorrow or the day after,” the party’s spokesperson Asaduzzaman Ripon said at a press briefing on Monday.“This will depend on the doctor’s schedule. Her appointment with the doctor could be on Aug 11, 12 or 13.”She would be staying there for a week to 10 days, he added.Although he did not elaborate on Khaleda’s illness, sources in the party told bdnews24.com she would be getting treatment for eye problems.Her lawyers have already asked the court trying her on charges of corruption in the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust to allow her to go abroad for eye treatment.This would be her second trip to the UK since losing office in 2006. She last went there in 2011 to visit Tarique. The BNP leaders said that the two met last year during her visit to Saudi Arabia.Tarique, wanted in a dozen of cases, has been staying in London with his family since 2008. Various sources in London and Dhaka say he has been living there with refugee status since his passport expired.Khaleda was scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia this year, too, but changed plans at the last moment saying that party top leaders were in jail.A number of media reports at the time claimed Tarique would be meeting her during the trip. However, BNP leaders could not clarify how he would travel to Saudi Arabia without a valid passport.When asked whether Khaleda would be meeting political leaders during the trip, Ripon said, “She was a prime minister three times, opposition leader twice. She is the chief of the largest opposition party.“So wherever she travels, there is the matter of meeting prime ministers, foreign ministers and top political leaders, courtesy visits. “It is nothing out of the ordinary.”

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