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'Khaleda will be shifted to Keraniganj Jail'

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Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Tuesday said convicted BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia will be shifted to Keraniganj Central Jail (KCJ) after getting discharge order from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Tuesday said convicted BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia will be shifted to Keraniganj Central Jail (KCJ) after getting discharge order from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

The old central jail, where she had been kept since February last year, will be converted into a museum, he told reporters at the Secretariat. 

"Preparations to shift her are complete," the minister said. 

When asked about Khaleda's health, Asaduzzaman said the former prime minister was doing well. 

"She's fasting and taking insulin as well," he said. 

"Begum Zia will get facilities as per the jail code but now she was getting additional facilities out of the jail code considering humanitarian grounds," he said, adding that Begum Zia could not live in jail alone so that an innocent woman was permitted to stay with her.

Khaleda Zia has been in jail since she was convicted in a corruption case that her party says is politically motivated. 

She was found guilty in a second corruption case later last year.

The BNP has since accused the government of neglecting its chairperson's treatment, a charge the government denies.

Khaleda Zia was admitted to BSMMU on April 1. 

It was the second time she had been admitted there since her incarceration.

On Monday, the government decided to hold trials of 17 cases against her inside the Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj.

Currently, the trial proceedings in 17 cases against Khaleda Zia are being held at a makeshift court set up in the old jail at Bakshibazar in the old city.

Asaduzzaman Khan said, "All criminals behind the recent incident or violence were arrested. They were produced before the courts and the courts will hold trials against them. Despite that the law and order situation in the country is good."

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