Khaleda Zia Granted Bail by Bangladesh Supreme Court

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 17, 2018

The High Court has also been ordered to resolve Khaleda's appeal challenging her conviction by July 31.

The Sheikh Hasina Government and the Bangladesh Anti Corruption Commission had opposed her interim bail in the supreme court.

As per reports, this bail will not entitle Zia to walk out of prison as her bail pleas in six other cases were yet to be delivered.

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the High Court order that granted bail to Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

The attorney general said the BNP chief did not submit any medical documents to the court in support of her claim that she was seriously ill.

Meanwhile, Khaleda's counsel and former law minister Barrister Maudud Ahmed said as his client is yet to secure bail in some more cases filed against her, she will not be able to come out of jail right now.

He said Khaleda was shown arrested in the cases filed with different police stations in Cumilla, Dhaka, Narail and Panchagarh.

She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city on February 8 last.

Zia's lawyer Khandakar Mahbub Hossain told The Daily Star that the 72-year-old chairperson of Bangladesh Nationalist Party can not be released from jail despite Wednesday's judgment, as she has been arrested in three other cases.

Judge Kamrul Hossain Mollah of the Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court passed the order after Khaleda's lawyer submitted 11 petitions seeking adjournment of hearings of the cases.

Hearings on the appeal petitions filed by the state and the ACC were held on May 8 and 9.

The BNP chief was jailed for five years on February 8 over the embezzlement of 21 million taka (about Dollars 2,50,000) in foreign donations meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust, named after her husband late Ziaur Rahman, a military ruler-turned-politician. Later, the Appellate Division stayed Khaleda Zia's bail until May 8 in the case.

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