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Condition of former Bangladesh premier worsens, no treatment abroad


Dhaka : A day after detained former premier of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina fell ill inside a courtroom, the authorities in Bangladesh have ruled out medical treatment abroad for her and have alleged that she was not giving details of her ailments. Meanwhile, the condition of Hasina has worsened.

Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) Major Shamsul Haider Siddique Tuesday said there was no way to send detained Hasina abroad for treatment under the jail code but they would form a medical board for her.

He claimed the Awami League chief was “not helping the jail authorities” regarding her treatment.

Hasina, 61, has been in jail since July 16 on charges of extortion.

More corruption cases have been filed against her.

The official said: “The IG-prisons visited Sheikh Hasina Monday night at the special jail set up at the Jatiya Sangsad premises and asked her to give details about her physical condition. She is not helping us about her treatment.”

On Monday, Hasina had perspired heavily in the courtroom as her blood pressure fluctuated, requiring her removal to the jail and adjournment of the trial for the day.

The former prime minister could not appear before the court Tuesday morning as her condition deteriorated.

“We provided four doctors for her treatment. She selected them. The doctors sought her cooperation for some tests but she did not cooperate,” said Siddique, adding: “As she did not cooperate with the doctors, her treatment would be provided according to the medical board’s directions.”

Siddique told The Daily Star newspaper: “As the jail code does not allow treatment facilities abroad for inmates, the former prime minister would be given treatment at any hospital or clinic she chooses in the country.”

Meanwhile, 41 intellectuals, poets, educationalists, authors, journalists and cultural personalities in a joint statement expressed concern about Hasina’s health.

In another joint statement, 308 doctors also expressed concern and urged the authorities to send Hasina abroad for treatment if required.