Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Bangladesh SC stays HC order on Khaleda Zia's bail

Bangladesh SC stays HC order on Khaleda Zia's bail

Zia's lawyer Kayser Kamal told The Daily Star that it was unprecedented for the Supreme Court to not cite any reason for granting the petition.

The five-member apex court bench, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, also fixed May 8 the date for hearing the arguments supporting and opposing Zia's four-month interim bail by the High Court.

The latest order came after the court granted two leave-to-appeal petitions filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission and the government against the High Court order that was passed on March 12.

Last week, the former Bangladesh premier secured a four-month bail after she was handed five years of imprisonment by a Bangladesh court in the orphanage graft case.

The Chief Justice said after examining records of the case, all the four judges of the bench unanimously reached the decision.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam too referred to different cases while opposing Khaleda's bail in the case.

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on March 14 stayed till today the High Court order that granted bail to BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

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On February 22, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed a petition with the High Court seeking bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

The top court stayed the bail until May 8.

Khaleda has been in the old Dhaka Central Jail on Nazimuddin Road since the delivery of the verdict.

Tarique Rahman, Khaleda's son who lives in exile in London, and four others were also sentenced to 10 years in jail for the misappropriation of the funds.

The acceptance of the leave to appeal by the anti-graft watchdog and the government allows the prosecution to move separate appeals before the Supreme Court against the High Court order.

He announced that the party would launch countrywide demonstrations demanding her unconditional release tomorrow.

The BNP claims the government had orchestrated the trial of Khaleda to keep her out of the next general elections scheduled to be held by the end of this year.

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