May 20, 2022, 12:44 am
The High Court has extended the bail of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia by one year in five separate cases. There are three cases in Dhaka and one each in Narail and Comilla.
The High Court bench headed by Justice Muhammad Abdul Hafeez on Tuesday (September 28) heard the bail pleas in the cases and ordered extension of bail in three defamation cases in Dhaka and one in Narail. A High Court bench headed by Justice AFM Asaduzzaman also extended bail in a case of sabotage in Comilla.
Barrister Kaiser Kamal, Mohammad Abdullah Al Mamun and Advocate Roknuzzaman Suja were present in the court hearing on behalf of Khaleda Zia.
On February 8, 2018, Khaleda Zia was sentenced to five years in prison by the Dhaka Special Court No. 5 at Bakshibazar Alia Madrasa in Old Dhaka in a Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. After the verdict was announced, Khaleda Zia was kept in the old central jail on Nazimuddin Road in Old Dhaka. On appeal, the High Court increased his sentence from five to 10 years.
On October 29, 2018, Dhaka’s Special Court No. 5 sentenced Khaleda Zia to seven years rigorous imprisonment in a Zia Charitable Trust corruption case. In addition to the seven-year imprisonment, Khaleda Zia was also fined Tk 10 lakh. The court ordered another six months imprisonment for non-payment of the fine.
Khaleda Zia was taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital on October 6, 2018 and April 1, 2019 for treatment. After the necessary tests, he was sent back to jail. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and in jail from the hospital. However, in the meantime, when the situation in the country became dire, Khaleda Zia’s family appealed to the government for her release. Later, the government suspended Khaleda Zia’s sentence for four points.