Bangladesh Supreme Court Upholds Former PM Khaleda Zia's Bail

  • Bangladesh Supreme Court Upholds Former PM Khaleda Zia's Bail

Bangladesh Supreme Court Upholds Former PM Khaleda Zia's Bail

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court also ordered authorities to make a final decision by July 31 involving a separate appeal by Zia seeking her release from jail.

The High Court had on the 12th of March granted an interim bail to Zia. Zia, was jailed for five years on a corruption conviction.

According to the latest order by the top court, the High Court will now resolve by July 31 Khaleda's appeal that sought to overturn her conviction and a five-year jail term in the Zia Orphanage Trust case.

Yesterday the Appellate Division set today to pass its judgment in the appeal case, as it heard the arguments of Attorney General Mahbubey Alam again.

Bangladesh law says anyone imprisoned for more than two years can not run for office for the next five years, but Law Minister Anisul Huq had said the final decision rests with the higher courts.

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

He said Khaleda was shown arrested in the cases filed with different police stations in Cumilla, Dhaka, Narail and Panchagarh. "As the Appellate Division upheld the High Court order, it would be easy to get the bail in other cases".

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.

Hearings on the appeal petitions filed by the state and the ACC were held on May 8 and 9.

They (Huda, Nasim, Helal and Tuku) had suffered in jail for more than one year and they were seriously ill and submitted medical certificates to the court, he said, adding that the allegations mentioned in the cases filed against them were different from the allegation brought against Khaleda in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.

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

On March 15, the ACC and the state filed two leave-to-appeal petitions before the Appellate Division challenging Khaleda Zia's bail. Later, the Appellate Division stayed Khaleda Zia's bail until May 8 in the case.