Bangladesh

HC extends Khaleda Zia’s bail for one year

The High Court has extended for one year its earlier orders that granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in five cases.

Two HC benches passed the extension orders yesterday and today, following five separate prayers moved by Khaleda Zia's lawyers.

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A bench led by Justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz today extended the bail order in four defamation cases filed against Khaleda Zia in Dhaka and Narail in 2018.

Another bench headed by Justice AKM Asaduzzaman yesterday extended the bail in a murder case filed in Cumilla in 2015.

Lawyers Kayser Kamal and AHM Kamruzzaman Mamun appeared for Khaleda Zia.

Kamruzzaman Mamun told The Daily Star that Khaleda Zia is accused in 36 criminal cases and she is now on bail in 34 cases.

The BNP chief has been convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for 17 years, in total, in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust corruption cases by the trial court and HC.

She was released from jail on March 25 last year following an executive order of the government suspending her jail sentences.

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