DHAKA, Bangladesh - On Wednesday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stated that the law would determine whether Khaleda Zia would travel abroad for medical treatment.
"I have done whatever I can for Khaleda Zia. Now the law will decide the next course of action [regarding Khaleda's overseas treatment]." She remarked this while responding to questions from journalists during a press conference held to brief the media on her recent 14-day official tour to the United Kingdom and France.
In response to a question on allowing Khaleda Zia to travel abroad for treatment, she stated that she had used her power to enable Khaleda Zia to remain at home rather than in prison and receive the necessary care within the country.
Sheikh Hasina asked the journalists how they could expect her to send Khaleda Zia abroad for treatment after the BNP chairperson made several attempts on her life, referring to the August 21, 2004 grenade attacks, the planting of bombs at Kotalipara in Gopalganj, and the awarding of prestigious posts to Bangabandhu's killers and their families.
According to the prime minister, Khaleda Zia appointed convicted killer Rashid as leader of the opposition in parliament. She awarded another killer, Pasha, a posthumous promotion to ensure his family received all job benefits.
She went on to say that Khaleda Zia refused to let the Awami League discuss the August 21 grenade attack in the parliament even though 22 leaders and activists were martyred and many more were injured.
The prime minister asked the journalist what they would do if someone attempted to kill them or killed their family members, saying: "Would you receive them with garland?"