HC extends Khaleda’s bail in 2 defamation cases for one year

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Dhaka, Feb 05: The High Court (HC) has extended bail for one year to jailed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in two defamation cases.The HC bench of Justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and Justice Mohiuddin Shamim on Tuesday passed the order after hearing a petition filed by Khaleda’s counsel.

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

She said: “There are controversies over how many were martyred in the Liberation War. There are many books and documents on the controversies.”

Reacting to Khaleda’s remarks, Raihan Farooque Imam of Naragati in Narail filed the case with the Cognizance Court on December 24, 2015.

On January 5, 2016, AB Siddiqui, president of Jananetri Parishad, filed the case with Dhaka’s Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court.