Zia Charitable graft: Khaleda moves HC for bail again

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 17:10, Feb 18, 2020 | Updated : 17:11, Feb 18, 2020

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Begum Khaleda Zia. REUTERS/File PhotoBNP chief Khaleda Zia has moved the High Court again seeking bail in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
Khaleda's lawyer panel member Advocate Sagir Hossain Leon filed the petition on Tuesday (Feb 18) afternoon.
The petition was filed with the bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice AKM Zahirul Haque.
The bail was sought on grounds of Khaleda’s health which BNP says has been deteriorating. The plea said that she needs advanced treatment from London on account of her health.
On Jul 31, the High Court scrapped a bail plea on Khaleda’s behalf in the same case. On Nov 18, her counsel moved the Appellate Division but she was refused bail.
On Oct 29, 2018, a special court in Dhaka, found Khaleda guilty in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case—in absentia—and sentenced her to seven years in prison.
A three-time prime minister, she is also serving time for her involvement in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. Her sentence, which was five years, was doubled to 10 years by the HC.