Bangladesh ex-PM gets bail in graft case

Bangladesh ex-PM gets bail in graft case
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairwoman Begum Khaleda Zia has been granted four months interim bail. (REUTERS)
Updated 12 March 2018

Bangladesh ex-PM gets bail in graft case

Bangladesh ex-PM gets bail in graft case

DHAKA: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairwoman Begum Khaleda Zia has been granted four months interim bail from the High Court in connection with her alleged association with a graft case.
Bangladesh’s former premier was sent to jail on Feb. 8 after a lower court convicted her in the Zia Orphanage Graft case.
“Now there’s no bar for her to get free. We expect the bail order will reach the jail tomorrow (Tuesday) and she’ll be freed soon,” Zia’s Attorney Joinal Abedin told Arab News.
“This is an unconditional bail. She’s even allowed to travel out of the country, for any purpose required, during the bail period.”
The two-member bench of the High Court said Zia has been granted bail considering her age and physical condition.
The court also instructed relevant authorities to prepare the necessary paperwork in these four months to start the appeal hearing, as she has appealed against the lower court verdict.
“Earlier, BNP leaders accused the government of interfering in legal processes,” Bangladeshi Law Minister Anisul Huq told Arab News.
“But with the grant of this bail order by the High Court, it’s now clear that the judiciary is acting independently and there’s no interference from the government’s side.”