Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Bangladesh SC grants bail to former PM Khaleda Zia in corruption case

Bangladesh SC grants bail to former PM Khaleda Zia in corruption case

The High Court on Mar 12 granted an interim bail to Khaleda who was jailed on Feb 8 after a trial court convicted her.

The bench dismissed the appeals filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the government challenging the High Courts bail to Zia.

On Khaleda's freedom from jail, BNP lawyer Moudud Ahmed said: "We have to try to seek bail in other cases for that".

Dhaka: Bangladesh's former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was on Wednesday granted bail by the country's Supreme Court in a graft case, according to a media report.

A four member bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain heard her bail plea.

They had also said that Zia challenged her conviction in the High Court and "let her get acquitted there", but now she did not deserve the bail for her sickness as the medical board, which had examined her, had not recommended that she be hospitalised, which could have been the ground for her bail.

Right after the pronouncement of the verdict, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam in his reaction said, "If a person secures bail in one case out of five then he or she has to remain behind bars until securing bail in all the remaining cases".

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

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.

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

She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city, where she is the only inmate.

Zia has been in jail for more than three months in the graft case for misusing power and embezzling about $250,000 involving a trust fund named after her late husband, former President Ziaur Rahman.

But on March 19, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court stayed till May 8 the High Court order, granting two leave to appeal petitions filed by the ACC and the state against the bail.

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