SC upholds Khaleda bail

Staff Correspondent . Dhaka | Update:

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia being taken to jail. File Photo

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the High Court order that granted bail to Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, handed down the order.

On 15 March, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the state filed two separate leave-to-appeal petitions before the apex court challenging the Khaleda Zia’s bail order by the High Court.

The Supreme Court rejected both of the appeals upholding the bail.

On 8 February this year, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former prime minister and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the graft case.

She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city, where she is the only inmate.

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