Bangladesh court orders release of opposition leader Khaleda Zia

Bangladesh court orders release of opposition leader Khaleda Zia

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.

Mahbubey Alam added that the HC could hear and dispose of the appeal filed by Khaleda challenging the trial court verdict that sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in this case. "As the Appellate Division upheld the High Court order, it would be easy to get the bail in other cases".

The AG said he could not complete his arguments on May 9 as the court witnessed a commotion by some lawyers on that day.

Khaleda Zia's lawyer Joynal Abedin appeared optimist and said that they expect to secure bail in other cases as well. "We'll request the court that we are getting ready to begin hearing the appeal".

Bangladesh Supreme Court granted bail to former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in a graft case today.

Zia's lawyer Khandakar Mahbub Hossain told The Daily Star that the 72-year-old chairperson of Bangladesh Nationalist Party can not be released from jail despite Wednesday's judgment, as she has been arrested in three other cases.

Khaleda is facing 36 cases, BNP's Legal Affairs Secretary Kayser Kamal told bdnews24.com.

After hearing arguments on Tuesday, the Appellate Division set Wednesday to deliver its order on the two petitions filed challenging Khaleda's bail granted by the High Court.

She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city on February 8 last.

The 72-year-old Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson was jailed for five years on February 8 over the embezzlement of 21 million taka (about $250,000) in foreign donations meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust, named after her husband late Zia-ur-Rahman, a military ruler-turned-politician.

The High Court had on the 12th of March granted an interim bail to Zia. "And the days when the bail was stayed in the Appellate Division will be deducted from the four-month period".

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