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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 Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the short-order petition filed by Khaleda Zia's lawyer on its previous judgement that upheld the bail order in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

Court officials said a four-member bench of the Supreme Court's Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain chose to grant Zia bail, upholding a previous high court order.

She secured four months' bail from the High Court in the case on March 12.

BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed said, "Khaleda Zia won't be released from jail now as she will have to take bail in six more cases".

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order around 11:30am after delivering its order on the bail pleas in the graft case.

The AG told the apex court that Khaleda had discharged the duties of the prime minister and continued her politics despite having the diseases "which are tolerable". The apex court deferred the date for the verdict after Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Khaleda's lawyer Zainul Abedin placed some arguments on the appeals yesterday. Zia is serving a five-year prison term in a corruption case. It also sentenced other five accused, including Khaleda's elder son and BNP Acting Chairman Tarique Rahman, to 10-year imprisonment each. The case was filed by the ACC in July 2008, alleging misappropriation of funds amounting to 2.1 crore taka that were said to have come from a foreign bank in the form of grants for orphans.

The high court will now resolve by July 31 Zia's appeal that sought to overturn her conviction and a five-year jail term.

He said Khaleda was shown arrested in the cases filed with different police stations in Cumilla, Dhaka, Narail and Panchagarh. We'll try to get the bail in the cases as early as possible. The other case was filed with a Dhaka court on charge of making seditious comments about the freedom fighters and the Liberation War martyrs.