>court clears way for Hasina’s going abroad, Khaleda won’t go

>DETAINED former premier Sheikh Hasina is set to be released from a special jail, which might be a big leap forward in the Awami League (AL) chief’s trip abroad ‘for better treatment’, as a special court on Sunday removed the legal barriers. (Click for full report)
Meantime, another detained ex-premier, Khaleda Zia, the same day ruled out any possibility of going abroad, saying that she would have medical treatment at home if necessary.
Hasina’s lawyers said since the barge-mounted power plant graft case against Hasina is in its trial phase, a court order exempting her from appearing in person before the court during the trial proceedings, was needed for her release.

The judge on Sunday accepted her petition for that exemption, submitted by her counsels on grounds of her illness, said Barrister Shafique Ahmed, one of Hasina’s counsels.
“As charges are yet to be framed in other cases, no court order is needed in connection with those. The government may now, through executive orders, allow her to go abroad,” Shafique told reporters.


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