Khaleda appeals against HC’s rejection of bail  

Staff Correspondent | Published: 13:00, Nov 14,2019 | Updated: 00:30, Nov 15,2019


Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia. — New Age file photo

Former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday filed an appeal in the Appellate Division challenging the rejection of her bail application  in  Zia Charitable Trust Case by the High Court Division in July.

Her lawyer Zainul Abedin told reporters that they  would request the Appellate Division’s chamber judge on Sunday to  fix the date for hearing her appeal by the Appellate Division.

Zainul Abedin said that Khaleda, now under-treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, applied for bail citing seven reasons, including her deteriorating health due to confinement in jail without treatment.

The government has turned the BSMMU cabin she is in as sub-jail.

She applied for ad-interim bail until the High Court Division hears and disposes her appeal challenging seven years jail handed to her by a lower court in the Zia Orphanage Trust Case.  

The appeal was filed the day after Khaleda’s sister Selima Islam visited her at the hospital and later she told reporters that Khaleda Zia’s fingers and toes became deformed and she needs to be treated abroad.

Selima also said that she was not getting proper treatment at the BSMMU.

Earlier BSMMU authorities’ claimed at a news conference that the health condition of the former prime minister was stable with significant improvement in some of the issues and that they were happy with her treatment.

On July 31, a bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice SM Kuddus Zaman rejected her bail application on the plea that she was handed the highest sentence and also because the attorney general had asked to expeditiously dispose of her appeal instead of granting her bail.

On August 8, 2011, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case with Tejgaon Police Station and on October 29, 2018, a special court in Dhaka sentenced her to seven years’ jail.

Her appeal against the High Court Division increasing her jail from five years to 10 years in Zia Orphanage Trust Case as sought by the Anti-Corruption Commission, is pending in the Appellate Division.

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