Bangladesh ex-PM Khaleda Zia on ‘high risk’ of dying: Doctors

Dhaka: Bangladeshi doctors said opposition leader Khaleda Zia was at “high risk” of dying without urgent medical intervention abroad after authorities rejected a plea to let her leave the country. The 78-year-old is a two-time former prime minister who heads the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and has been living under effective house arrest since her release from a 17-year prison sentence in 2020.

She has advanced liver cirrhosis, diabetes and heart problems and the government of her bitter rival, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, last week rejected a family request to allow her to travel to Germany for a liver transplant. A panel of 17 doctors who treated Khaleda Zia at a top private hospital in the Bangladeshi capital for the last two months backed the family, saying her condition was deteriorating. “She’s at high risk of death,” hepatologist Nooruddin Ahmad told reporters.

In 2018, Zia was sentenced to 17 years in prison for graft, and jailed for two years before being released under heavy restrictions. She has rejected the charges as politically motivated.

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