Bangladesh court grants bail to former PM Khaleda Zia

Bangladesh court grants bail to former PM Khaleda Zia

Khaldea is serving a five-year prison sentence at the old Dhaka prison on Nazimuddin Road since Feb 8 when a special court handed down the verdict in a graft case relating to Zia Orphanage Trust.

High court in Bangladesh granted Monday four months of interim bail to opposition leader and former prime minister Khaleda Zia, who was convicted in a graft case in February.

Engineer of Roads and Highways Department (Dhaka division) Sabuj Uddin Khan, Project Director Md Ishak and other senior officials were also present.

A court in central Comilla district in January had ordered Zia's arrest for instigating a series of clandestine arson attacks while she faces several identical charges in different courts for spearheading a protracted violent anti-government campaign three years ago. Earlier on Monday, Alamgir said an election without Zia would be "meaningless".


The High Court approved the petition for bail considering Zia's age, her health and the fact that an appeal was pending in the case, bdnews24.com reported.

Tarique, who is in the United Kingdom now, and Mominur Rahman, nephew of late president Ziaur Rahman, are still shown as fugitives in the case documents.

In response, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said he would challenge the court order. "Hopefully, we will be able to file it tomorrow (Tuesday)", he told media at his Supreme Court office after today's ruling.

Zia is facing more than a dozen cases of corruption, violence and sedition, charges which have also been slapped on hundreds of BNP members, according to the party. They had though that there would be a tough movement in the country after the arrest of Khaleda Zia.

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