Khaleda won’t be able to delay trial any more: AG

Staff Correspondent . Dhaka | Update:

Attorney general Mahbubey AlamAttorney general Mahbubey Alam has said BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will not be able to delay the next trial process of Zia Orphanage Trust case.

He referred to the Supreme Court's order issued on on Wednesday on the High Court to complete disposal of Khaleda’s appeal against the verdict on the case within 31 July.

“The Appellate Division (of the Supreme Court) has ordered (the High Court) to settle Khaleda’s appeal withint the timeframe. Now, we are taking all-out preparations for holding hearing in the appeal,” the state's top law officer said after the SC order.

He alleged that Khaleda had delayed the trial process for nine years at the lower court. "She will not be able to do so anymore," Mahbubey Alam added.

Asked about Khaleda’s release from jail, her lawyer Syed Joynul Abedin told Prothom Alo that she has to secure bail in six more cases - three in Cumilla, two in Dhaka and one in Narail districts.

On 8 February this year, Khaleda Zia was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city in the graft case.

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday morning upheld the High Court order that granted bail to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust case verdict on 12 March, following an appeal from her lawyers.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, handed down the order rejecting two leave-to-appeal petitions filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the state.

The chief justice, during the hearing, claimed that the judges do not pass order seeing political identity of the accused.

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