Tarique's treatment to start this week
Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Says his lawyer

Staff Correspondent

The treatment of BNP chief Khaleda Zia's son Tarique Rahman will start towards the end of this week probably at London's Wellington Hospital, his lawyer says.

Advocate Ahmed Azam Khan said at a press briefing on Monday that all expenses of Tarique's treatment will be borne by Khaleda, as announced earlier.
 
"Meantime, various tests involving Tarique's spine have been carried out in four London hospitals. An MRI was also carried out Friday. Tarique should be admitted to a hospital for treatment after a panel of doctors reviews the different test results," Khan said.
 
All necessary tests and examinations on Tarique's spine had been completed and he would be treated in one of the four hospitals – King's Oak, Hammer Smith, Wellington and Independent.
 
"[Khaleda] has, in the meantime, sent foreign currency worth Tk 6.34 lakh to London for Tarique's treatment. She has thanked all Tarique's well-wishers who offered to bear his treatment costs."
 
Tarique has asked for the blessings of the people of Bangladesh, the lawyer said and added that his younger brother Arafat Rahman Coco is also undergoing long-term treatment in Bangkok.
 
Tarique and his family left Dhaka for London on Sept. 11 on being bailed by the High Court on Sept. 4.
 
He was arrested on March 7, 2007 and during his detention, fell seriously ill with pain in the waist and spinal injuries.

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