BNP chief submits bail prayer with High Court

Staff Correspondent,, Dhaka
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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed a bail petition with the High Court again in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.

Khaleda's lawyer panel member Advocate Sagir Hossain Leon filed the petition on Tuesday (Feb. 18) afternoon.

The petition was filed with the bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice AKM Zahirul Haque.

Her bail petition in the case was last rejected on December 12 in 2019.

On November 18 in 2018, the BNP chief has filed an appeal with the concerned bench of the High Court challenging the lower court verdict that sentenced her seven years imprisonment in Zia Charitable Trust graft case.

On October 29 in 2018, Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of Dhaka Special Judge Court--5 sentenced BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and 3 others to 7 years jail, in much-hyped Zia Charitable Trust graft case.

Moreover, all the four convicts have been fined Tk10 lakh each. They have to serve more 6 months in jail each, in default to pay the fine.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the graft case against Khaleda Zia and three others with Tejgaon Police Station on August 8, 2010 for embezzling Tk3.15 crores from Zia Charitable Trust.

On February 8 in 2018, a Dhaka court sentenced Khaleda Zia to five years imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust case.

Three other convicts are Khaleda Zia’s former political affairs secretary Harris Chowdhury, his former personal secretary Ziaul Islam Munna, and former Dhaka city corporation mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka’s personal secretary Monirul Islam Khan.

She was sent to Dhaka central jail following the verdict. Since then, she has been in jail.