Sun, Jan 15th, 2012 9:44 pm BdST
bdnews24.com Chief Crime Correspondent
Dhaka, Jan 15 (bdnews24.com) – Authorities of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) hospital are supplying food to former Jamaat-e-Islami chief Ghulam Azam, arrested for charges of crimes against humanity, as per his choice.
The hospital authorities said the 89-year-old war crimes suspect is being supplied food of his choice from the hospital itself, as there is no permission to supply food from outside, Medicine Department nutritionist Tripty Chowdhury told bdnews24.com.
Ghulam Azam was given egg, bread, banana and milk in breakfast on Sunday, as per his wish.
For lunch, he got rice, fish, vegetable curry and salad.
The Jamaat guru is served bread, chicken, vegetable curry, soup, salad and milk. Soup and milk, however, were supplied following doctors’ advice, not his choice.
Director of the hospital Brig Gen Abdul Majid Bhuiyan told bdnews24.com that a menu was sent to Ghulam Azam in the morning. He ticked off the items and signed the menu, he added.
“We are supplying him food as per the menu. But we’ll send menus a day before next time,” the director said.
As physicians are yet to decide on some tests, the Jamaat guru is in the hospital in custody still now. He is kept in the prison cell of the hospital.
The International Crimes Tribunal on Jan 11 ordered to send him to jail after he appeared before it. His indictment hearing will start on Feb 15.
Immediately after his reaching Dhaka Central Jail, he was shifted to the hospital following lawyer’s appeal.
Azam had allegedly lead the infamous ‘Peace Committees’ and collaborated with the Pakistan Army.
He also reportedly advocated in Pakistan’s support in the Middle Eastern countries during the war.
He stayed in London for seven years after 1971 and came back to Bangladesh during the rule of Ziaur Rahman in 1978. He led Jamaat as its Ameer until 2000.