BNP chairperson Khaleda gets bail

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Dhaka, April 5: A court in Dhaka on Tuesday granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in an arson case filed with Jatrabari Police Station.

The court earlier issued arrest warrant against Khaleda Zia.

 BNP Chief sought bail after surrendering before the court and Judge of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court Kamrul Islam Mollah passed the order granting bail of Khaleda.

Earlier around 10:30am BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia reached the court to surrender before it in five cases including two arson cases of Jatrabari Police Station.

 BNP Chief’s lawyer advocate Sanaullah Mia informed the court that Khaleda Zia was three times elected Prime Minister of Bangladesh. She is now 70. We hope in consideration all the matters that the court will grant bails to her.

The other cases include a case of Gulshan Police Station, a Sedition case filed over comments of the number of martyrs and Gatco graft case.

Earlier on Sunday Sanaullah Mia said, “BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is respectful to the law. She will surrender before the court in the five cases and seek bails. We are hopeful the court will grant her bails in the cases.”

Dhaka metropolitan sessions Judge Kamrul Islam Mollah issued arrest warrant against BNP Chief Khaleda Zia and 27 others on March 30.

On 6 May last year, Detective Branch (DB) of police pressed charge sheet against 38 people, including the former prime minister under a special act.

Earlier on January 25, Khaleda Zia was booked for sedition over her alleged “slanderous comments” concerning martyrs of the 1971 liberation war against Pakistan.

The case was filed at the Dhaka’s chief metropolitan magistrate’s court along with prayers seeking her arrest.

Court firstly summoned Khaleda Zia to appear before the court in the case on March 3. Later, the court deferred the summon as she sought time on the day.

On February 23, the High Court published the full order throwing out Khaleda Zia’s appeal to drop the Gatco corruption case filed against her and ordered to surrender before the trial court within two months after the full verdict reaches the court.

The case was filed on Sept 2, 2007 against Khaleda, her youngest son late Arafat Rahman Coco, and 11 others.

According to the case, the State counted Tk 145.63 million in losses when Gatco was awarded the container handling work at Dhaka Inland Container Depot (ICD) and Chittagong Port.

The High Court rejected two writ petitions in this regard and ordered Khaleda Zia to surrender before the Dhaka`s special trial court-3 of Judge Abu Ahmed Jamader within April 13.

A case was filed against Khaleda Zia as commanding person of crude bomb attacks in processions of Water vessel Minister Shajahan Khan in the capital`s Gulshan. The case is now under investigation.