Courts in Dhaka on Thursday issued warrants of arrest for Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia in two cases as she failed to appear for hearings.
Dhaka Special Court-5 judge Akhtaruzzaman handed down the arrest warrant in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, responding to a petition filed by the public prosecutor seeking an arrest warrant after she failed to show up in the court.
Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Nur Nabi issued another arrest warrant for Khaleda after hearing a petition by pro-Awami League organisation Jananetri Parishad’s president AB Siddique seeking Khaleda’s arrest in a case for dishonouring the country’s map,
national flag and the Liberation War by appointing two ministers from Jamaat-e-Islami in 2001.
On September 17, the court ordered Khaleda to appear before it on Thursday or face arrest warrant in case of failing to comply with the order.
AB Siddique filed the case on November 3, 2016.
Khaleda has been staying in London since mid-July for medical treatments in her eye and leg.
Earlier on Monday, a Comilla court issued an arrest warrant against Khaleda and 77 others in a case of arson attack that killed eight people and injured 20 others in February 2015 during BNP-led 20-party alliance’s anti-government agitations.
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