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Tuesday, 08 January 2008

Staff Correspondent
The acting Awami League president, Zillur Rahman, said Sunday that the detained party president, Sheikh Hasina, would not go abroad for treatment if the interim government tried to impose any condition.

But a four-member medical team has formally requested the chief adviser to make arrangement for Hasina’s treatment in the United States.

The team of physicians on Sunday sent a letter to the chief adviser suggesting that the government should make arrangement immediately to send the ailing former prime minister to the US for treatment.

A copy of the letter of the physicians was also sent to the secretary to the ministry of home affairs. ‘In our letter we have informed the chief adviser about the health of Sheikh Hasina in details and explained why she needs treatment in the US,’ Syed Modasser Ali, one of the four specialist physicians, told this correspondent on Sunday.

All the four physicians, including two personal physicians of Hasina, visited her at the special jail on Sangsad Bhaban premises a few days ago and prescribed medicine. ‘Her health can deteriorate if she is not sent abroad immediately for better treatment and given her condition the best place in our view is the United States,’ said a member of the medical team.

The inspector general of prisons, Brigadier General Mohammad Zakir Hasan, however, made light of the doctors’ suggestions insisting that there was ‘no instance of sending a prisoner abroad for treatment’.

According to the jail code, prisoners are first treated in jail hospital and, if necessary, could be treated in government hospitals outside the jail. But in her [Hasina] case, she has been offered treatment in any hospital in the country, he said on December 2.

It has been reported that the government, in pursuit of its ‘minus-two formula’, is planning to exile AL president Sheikh Hasina and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia ‘in the name of treatment’.

Zillur Rahman said that Hasina might agree to go abroad for treatment if it was unconditional. ‘But she will not accept any conditional offer to go abroad.’ ‘She is now absolutely in solitary confinement and needs medical treatment in the United States,’ Zillur said, adding that her health was deteriorating.

He was talking to reporters after coming out of the makeshift courtroom on the Jatiya Sangsad complex on Sunday after the court deferred to Tuesday the hearing on framing charges against Hasina and her cousin Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim in an extortion case. Hasina failed to appear in court due to illness.

Demanding her immediate release, Zillur said, ‘Her life is at risk.’ ‘The government must release Hasina unconditionally and allow her to go to the US for better treatment,’ he told reporters at his Gulshan house in the 7th january afternoon.Despite appeals, the jail authorities did not permit the party leaders to meet the ailing AL president and inquire about her health, Zillur lamented.

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