Bangladesh: Supreme Court grants bail to former PM Khaleda Zia in corruption case

Bangladesh Supreme Court granted bail to former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in a graft case today.

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.

The 72-year-old Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief was sentenced for five years on the 8 February over the embezzlement of 21 million takas (about 250,000 dollars) in foreign donations meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust.

The High Court had on 12 March granted interim bail to Zia. 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 today rejected both the appeals upholding the bail granted by the High Court.

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