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Bangladesh court grants bail to former leader Khaleda Zia

Khaleda finally gets interim bail for four months Bangladesh court grants bail to former leader Khaleda Zia
Noah Ferguson | 13 March, 2018, 02:14

Bangladeshs ex-premier and opposition BNP chief Khaleda Zia today received a temporary relief after a top court granted her a four month bail in a corruption case, a month after being sentenced to five years in jail.

But hours after the high court order, she was "shown arrested" in another criminal case under a separate arrest warrant, officials said.

The court said it was granting the former premier interim bail considering four grounds after hearing both parties.

On February 8, the Special Judge's Court-5 of Dhaka sentenced Khaleda to five years' rigorous imprisonment after finding her guilty in the graft case.

BNP secretary-general Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the delay in granting her bail had been an "anomaly".

On February 25, Khaleda Zia failed to secure bail in the case as the High Court says it will pass an order on her bail petition upon receiving all the documents relating to the judgment from the lower court. Zia is the widow of Ziaur Rahman, a general-turned-president who was assassinated in 1981.

"Already, we have started our work in this regard", he said.

The conviction means that Zia, the archrival of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, can be barred from running in December elections.

In the last election in 2014, Zia's party and its political allies boycotted the race, allowing Hasina to return to power with a landslide victory.

Zia, however, appears to be seeking to contest the next polls set for December this year. When she took office in 1991, she became the first woman in the country's history and second in the Muslim world to head a democratic government as prime minister.

She is the chairperson and leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) which was founded by Rahman in the late 1970s.

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