SC to hear Khaleda's review petition July 9

SC to hear Khaleda’s review petition July 9

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The Supreme Court will hear on July 9 a review petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia against its order that asked the High Court to dispose of her appeal by July 31 challenging the lower court verdict sentencing her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division Justice Hasan Foez Siddique fixed the date on Thursday and sent the petition to the full bench to hearing.

AJ Mohammad Ali, Zainul Abedin and Kaiser Kamal stood for Khaleda while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state and Khurshid Alam Khan argued for the Anti-Corruption Commission.

Earlier on May 16, a four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, upheld the High Court order that had granted bail to convicted BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

The SC also issued an order to dispose of Khaleda’s appeal petition challenging the lower court’s verdict in the case by July 31.

Later, Khaleda’s lawyer filed a petition on June 25 seeking review of the order.

On February 8, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former Prime Minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.

The BNP chief secured four months’ bail from the High Court in the case on March 12.

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