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>AMIDST a rapturous welcome from thousands of party activists, supporters and leaders, former premier, also Awami League (AL) President, Sheikh Hasina was released today from detention on parole for two months with permission to go abroad ‘for better treatment’. (Click for full report)
Late last night, during a closed door meeting with four advisers to the military backed caretaker government at her Sudha Sadan residence, Hasina called Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed and urged him to prepare for the stalled elections as quickly as possible.
AL, one of the oldest and largest political parties in the country, had been demanding its chief’s release as the precondition for its participation in the dialogues between the government and political parties.
Hasina is scheduled to fly to London today at 8:15am on board a flight of British Airways en route to Boston where she will stay for a few days, and then catch a flight of a US airliner to Canada. She will later return to the US again for treatment.
Commerce Adviser Zillur Rahman, however, told BBC Bangla Service last night, “The government which has the power to order her release, also retains the power to withdraw that order.”
The AL chief walked out of the sub-jail set up on the parliament building premises in the capital after 11 months of detention around 1:45pm, following an executive order of the government.
Hundreds of party colleagues and supporters escorted her motorcade, jogging all the way from the sub-jail to Bangabandhu Memorial Museum on road no 32 in Dhanmondi.
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