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US doctors reach Dhaka to help Khaleda’s treatment

Two American physicians arrived in Dhaka tonight to assist in treating BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Dr James Peter Adam Hamilton and Dr Hamid Ahmad Abdur Rabb landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital around 7:15pm, said a press release sent by BNP leader Shamsuddin Didar.

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The other physician, Dr Christos Georgiades, is likely to arrive in Dhaka by 2:00am, added the release.

The three-doctor team include a hepatologist, an interventionist, and a nephrologist.

The BNP chief has been suffering from multiple health complications, including arthritis, diabetes, kidney issues, liver problems, and heart diseases for a long time, said the medical board.

On September 12, the government extended the suspension of Khaleda's jail sentence by six more months with the same two conditions as before -- she would not be able to go abroad and she has to receive treatment in the country.

Khaleda was freed from jail on March 25, 2020, after the government suspended her jail sentence for six months.

She landed in jail on February 8, 2017, after being sentenced to five years' imprisonment by a special court in Dhaka in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

On October 30, the following year, the High Court enhanced her punishment to 10 years after dismissing her appeal.

The former prime minister was convicted by another special court in Dhaka in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case on October 29, 2018. She was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment by the court.