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Graft case: HC to hear Khaleda's bail plea within next week

  • Published at 03:05 pm June 23rd, 2019
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File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Khaleda filed the appeal with High Court seeking scrap of lowers court's verdict and bail on November 18 last year

The High Court is likely to hear the bail petition of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Charitable Trust graft case within next week.

The High Court bench of Justice Obaidul Hasan and SM Kuddus Zaman informed it to Khaleda's lawyers on Sunday, after the lawyers applied to court for a immediate hearing.

Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Mahbub Uddin Khokon, Kaiser Kamal, Advocate Joinul Abedin accompanied with other BNP lawyers stood for the bail petition.

Following High Court order, the trial court has already sent the case documents to it on Thursday.

The High Court also dropped another petition from the cause list, which had been filed challenging the government gazette of shifting Khaleda's trial venue. 

Khaleda's Lawyer Barsiater Kaiser Kamal told to the media they will mention the writ with another High Court bench for a hearing. 

Earlier on April 30, the High Court accepted BNP chief's appeal challenging a trial court verdict that sentenced her to seven years of imprisonment in acorruption case. 

The High Court bench of Justice Obaidul Hasan and SM Kuddus Zaman on that day also stayed a Tk10 lakh fine imposed by the trial court.

Khaleda filed the appeal petition asking the court to scrap the sub-ordinate court's verdict, stay the fine imposed on her, and grant her bail, on November 18, 2018.

Conviction

A special court in Dhaka on October 29, 2018, found Khaleda guilty in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case—in absentia—and sentenced her to seven years of rigorous imprisonment. 

The three-time former prime minister was fined Tk10 lakh, and given a six months’ additional jail term if she fails to pay the sum.

Apart from her, the court sentenced Harris Chowdhury, political secretary to then-prime minister Khaleda; his assistant personal secretary, Ziaul Haq Munna; and Monirul Islam Khan, assistant personal secretary to then-Dhaka mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka.

The court also ordered the land bought in the trust’s name be confiscated.

The ACC filed the case with Tejgaon police station on August 8, 2011.

The same court on February 8 had also sentenced BNP chief Khaleda to five-year's imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.

Her son Tarique Rahman and four others—Kamal Uddin Siddique, Kazi Salimul Haque, Sharfuddin Ahmed and Ziaur Rahman’s nephew Mominur Rahman—were sentenced to 10 years in prison in this case, as well.

However, the High Court on October 30 dismissed Khaleda’s appeal in this case and doubled her punishment to 10-years of imprisonment.