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Bangladesh SC postpones hearing on plea against Zia to May 16

Bangladesh SC postpones hearing on plea against Zia to May 16

 May 15, 2018

The Bangladesh Supreme Court on Tuesday postponed its judgement to May 16, over granting of bail to BNP chief Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust Corruption case.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hussain was set to announce the judgement on the appeals on Tuesday. But, the court deferred the date after Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Khaleda Zia’s lawyer Advocate Jainul Abedin placed some arguments in Tuesday afternoon.

When the bench sat at around 0950 hrs, the AG told the court that he wanted to place some more arguments. Mr Hussain said he could not complete placing arguments on May 9, as the court witnessed commotion from some lawyers on that day, the Daily Star reported. After their submissions, the bench re-fixed the date for the verdict.

The High Court on March 12 had granted bail to the BNP chairperson, now in jail, in the Zia Orphanage Trust Corruption case. Later, the Anti-Corruption Commission and the government moved the appeals before the Appellate Division of the SC, challenging the bail order. On February 8, the Special Judge's Court-5 of Dhaka sentenced Khaleda to jail after it had found her and five others guilty in the graft case.

The court sentenced Khaleda's elder son Tarique Rahman, now in the UK, and four others to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment each, and fined them a total of Tk 2.10 crore, saying that all the convicts have to pay the fine in equal amounts. The ACC had filed the case with Ramna Police Station in July 2008, accusing the six of misappropriating over Tk 2.1 crore that came from a foreign bank as grants for orphans. (UNI)

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