Khaleda's bail in another extended until 13 March

Khaleda’s bail in another case extended until 13 March


Dhaka, Feb 26 – A Dhaka court on Monday extended the bail of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia until March 13 in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.Judge MD Akhteruzzaman of the Special Judge Court-5 passed the order after Khaleda’s lawyer Abdur Rezak Khan submitted a petition seeking an extension of her bail.
The same court on February 1 gave Khaleda ad-interim bail till February 25 and it also extended her bail for one day on February 25.
Since she was earlier convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case and now in jail, she could not appear before it yesterday.
On the other hand, Public Prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain Kajol moved a petition for issuing production warrant against Khaleda Zia. But the court is yet to give any order in this regard.
The anti-graft body filed the Zia charitable corruption case in August 2011 with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four persons including Khaleda of abusing power to raise funds for the trust from unknown sources.
The three other accused are: Harris Chowdhury, political secretary of the then prime minister Khaleda between 2001 and 2006; Ziaul Islam Munna, assistant private secretary (APS) to Harris; and Monirul Islam Khan, APS of former Dhaka city mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka.
On February 8, the same special court awarded Khaleda five years’ rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case and sentenced her elder son Tarique Rahman, now acting BNP chairman, and four others to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment each.
The court also fined them a total of Tk 2.10 crore, saying all the six convicts have to pay the fine in equal amounts.
The BNP chief on Thursday filed a bail petition with the HC challenging the lower court verdict. After concluding hearing on the bail petition, the HC on Sunday kept her bail pending till arrival of the case record from the lower court. – Staff Reporter


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