Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Khaleda's Bail: SC delivers judgment today

Khaleda's Bail: SC delivers judgment today

ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan told reporters that the Appellate Division has ordered the court to settle the appeal by July 31.

Mahbubey Alam added that the HC could hear and dispose of the appeal filed by Khaleda challenging the trial court verdict that sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in this case.

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.

Asked to comment on Khaleda's four-month bail, he said: "The four months will be counted from the day when the court granted her bail".

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Khaleda Zia's lawyer Joynal Abedin appeared optimist and said that they expect to secure bail in other cases as well.

The High Court had on the 12th of March granted an interim bail to Zia.

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

Earlier on Tuesday morning, the Attorney General appealed to the court for holding more arguments in the case.

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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.

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. The Zia orphanage trust is named after Khaleda's husband and Former President of Bangladesh Ziaur Rahman. Therefore, she could not be granted bail on health grounds, he said.

The BNP chief has been in the old jailhouse on Nazimuddin Road after she was convicted of embezzling funds meant for orphans.

Five others, including her son Tarique Rahman, were sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment and fined Tk2.1 crore each for their role in the crime.

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