Appellate Division to hear Khaleda’s bail appeal on Nov 25

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:28, Nov 18,2019


The Appellate Division posted for November 25 hearing the appeal filed by former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia seeking bail in the Zia Charitable Trust Case.

Chamber judge Md Nuruzzaman set the schedule.

On Thursday Khaleda filed the appeal challenging rejection of her bail petition by the High Court Division on July 31.

Her lawyer Zainul Abedin told reporters 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 made the BSMMU cabin she is in a 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 a 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 for which she needed treatment abroad.

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

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.

She also appealed against the High Court Division increasing her jail term from five years to 10 in the Zia Orphanage Trust Case as the Anti-Corruption Commission had prayed for.

Khaleda’s appeal is pending in the Appellate Division.

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