Khaleda's bail in Orphanage Trust graft case extended

Khaleda’s bail in Orphanage Trust graft case extended


Dhaka, July 18 – The High Court Wednesday extended till July 26 its earlier order that granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in connection with Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case in which she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.The HC bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mustafizur Rahman passed the order following a prayer moved by Khaleda’s lawyer Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali seeking an extension of her bail.
The same bench of the HC also adjourned till today at 2.00pm the hearing on Khaleda’s appeal challenging the trial court verdict on her in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.
The HC bench started the hearing on the appeal on July 12 and held hearing for five days till yesterday.
During yesterday’s hearing, the defence counsel submitted the witnesses statements and cross-examinations of eights witnesses before the High Court bench, Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan, counsel for ACC said.
On February 8, the Special Judge’s Court-5 of Dhaka convicted and sentenced Khaleda to five years’ imprisonment guilty in the corruption case.
The court also sentenced Khaleda’s eldest son and BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman and four others to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment and fined Tk 2.10 crores each.
Khaleda Zia on February 20 filed an appeal with the HC challenging the trial court verdict on her and the HC granted her bail in the case on March 13.
Later, the four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain had also on May 16 upheld the High Court order granting bail to the BNP chief in the case.
The apex court also directed the High Court bench led by Justice Enayetur Rahim to hear and dispose of the appeal of the BNP chief by July 31.
The BNP chief was not freed from jail, as she was shown arrested in some other cases filed with different police stations in Comilla, Dhaka, Narail and Panchagarh, including the three in which she has already sought bail. The BNP chairperson is currently facing a total of 36 cases. – Staff Reporter


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