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Khaleda’s bail extended by 6 months in defamation cases

  • Published at 02:00 pm February 5th, 2019
File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The cases were filed in Dhaka and Narail

The High Court has extended BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's bail by six months in two defamation cases.

The bench of Justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim passed the order on Tuesday, after hearing a petition filed by Khaleda's counsel.

The bails—which were previously given for six months—were extended to one year in the cases filed in Dhaka and Narail over the BNP’s chief “derogatory remarks” about freedom fighters and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

On August 13, the High Court granted six-month bail to the former prime minister in a defamation case filed against her in Narail. The next day, the court granted her six-month bail in the case filed in Dhaka.

On December 21, 2015, Khaleda, at a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, raised questions about the actual number of Liberation War martyrs.

Raihan Farooque Imam of Narail filed a case with the Cognizance Court on December 24 the same year. On January 5, 2016, AB Siddiqui—president of Jananetri Parishad—filed another case with Dhaka's Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court.