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Zia, a two-time Prime Minister of Bangladesh (1991-1996; 2001-2006), faces trial in 10 cases related to violence during Bangladesh Nationalist Party's (BNP) anti-government protests in early 2015 over demands to advance election dates.
"Khaleda Zia could not appear before the court today as she is sick," her lawyer Sanaullah Mia told Efe news.
The BNP chief is also facing sedition charges for expressing doubts over the widely-accepted version that three million were killed or martyred during the 1971 Liberation War when Bangladesh gained independence from Pakistan.
The opposition leader has now been asked to appear before the court on March 28.
The Awami League, led by current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and Zia's BNP have alternately been in power in the country since 1991, except for a brief period of military rule between 2006 and 2008.
The BNP -- currently absent from Parliament -- boycotted the last General Elections of 2014 and has been much weakened lately owing to continued arrests of its leading members and cadres, apart from the 35 cases of corruption, violence and sedition that Zia herself is embroiled in.
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