Bangladesh Supreme Court verdict on Khaleda's bail Tuesday

Bangladesh Supreme Court verdict on Khaleda’s bail Tuesday

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Dhaka, May 14 – All eyes are now on the Supreme Court (SC), which will deliver verdict Tuesday on the appeals against the High Court order that granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust Corruption case.A four-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain will deliver the order on the appeals regarding the bail of BNP chief today morning.
The matter of the BNP chief appeals has been placed at No. 3 in the apex court’s daily cause list.
Supreme Court authority has taken tight security ahead of the verdict to avoid any untoward incident. Political leaders and lawyers have focused their attention on Supreme Court verdict.
Prosecution lawyer hoped that the apex court would allow the appeal and stayed the HC order that granted bail to BNP chief while the defence hoped that the apex court would grant her bail in the case.
Khaleda’s lawyer Barrister Kayser Kamal, one of the counsels for BNP chief, said that the Supreme Court would grant bail to BNP chief considering her old age, health condition, short sentence and social status.
The BNP chief is a former prime minister of the country for three times and she is now the chief of the largest political party. So, we hope that the apex court would grant her bail considering all things, he added.
However, ACC’s lawyer advocate Khurshid Alam Khan said that the Supreme Court would allow the ACC’s appeal against the HC order that granted bail to Khaleda.
After concluding hearing from both sides, the Appellate Division had on May 9 fixed May 15 (today) for delivering its verdict on the appeals.
On March 12, the HC granted Khaleda Zia four months’ bail considering four legal ground her old age, illness, short period of sentence and social status.
But, on March 19, the Appellate Division of the SC stayed the HC bail order following two leave-to-appeal petitions filed by the ACC and the government. On the same day, the apex court asked the ACC and the government to submit concise statements on their appeals against the HC order within two weeks after receiving its order.
The SC also asked the BNP chairperson to submit concise statements on the appeals to the court two weeks after the ACC and the government placed their statements.
Earlier, on February 8, the special judge’s court-5 of Dhaka had sentenced Khaleda to five years of rigorous imprisonment in the graft case. Since then, she has been languishing in the old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in Dhaka.
The court had also awarded jail sentences to Tarique Rahman, now the acting chairman of the BNP, and four others for 10 years and fined them Tk. 2.10 crore, saying that all the six convicts would have to pay the fine in equal amounts
The ACC had filed the case with Ramna Police Station in July 2008, accusing the six of misappropriating over Tk 2.1 crore that came from a foreign bank as grants for orphans. – Staff Reporter

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