Khaleda seeks bail in Zia Charitable Trust case

Published: 14 Nov 2019     Updated: 15 Nov 2019

Samakal Correspondent

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has moved the Appellate Division challenging a High Court order that had rejected her bail petition in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.

Barrister Kaiser Kamal filed the petition on Thursday on behalf of the former premier.

On September 11, the High Court bench of Justice Farid Ahmed and Justice ASM Abdul Mobin turned down Khaleda’s bail petition in the case. Earlier July 31 and September 3, her bail petitions were also turned down.

The BNP chief is serving a 10-year sentence in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.

On October 29 last year, a special court jailed the BNP chief and three others for seven years in the corruption case.

The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Charitable Trust case with Tejgaon police against four people, including Khaleda on August 8, 2011. They were accused of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.

A special court jailed the BNP chief and three others for seven years in the corruption case on October 29 last year. Khaleda later moved the High Court which increased her sentence by three more years.

The former prime minister has been in prison since February 8 last year after she was sentenced to jail for five years in a separate corruption case.