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Bangladesh SC upholds bail for Khaleda Zia

IANS  |  Dhaka 

The on Wednesday upheld bail for and former in a corruption case in which she is currently serving a five-year sentence.

The of the Supreme Court headed by passed the order, dismissing the appeals filed by the and the challenging the High Court's bail to Khaleda, reported.

However, the Supreme Court order will not pave the way for 72-year-old Khaleda to walk out of prison as her lawyers said she was being held behind bars in some other cases also.

BNP's said that Khaleda is facing 36 cases and has been summoned to appear on June 7 in the regarding two cases.

Zia, of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was found guilty on February 8 of embezzling $252,000 in foreign donations for the Orphanage Trust and was sentenced to prison.

She was later granted four months bail by the on March 12. However, the apex court stayed the bail order following two petitions filed by the and the

In the politically significant Orphanage Trust graft case ahead of the next slated for early 2019, the court also awarded 10 years' jail to five others including Zia's son Tarique Rahman, now of BNP and living in London, with a fine of $250,000.

On Khaleda's freedom from jail, said that the had been made accused in a number of cases pending in the trial court.

"We have to try to seek bail in other cases as early as possible. As the upheld the order, it would be easy to get the bail in other cases."

said the main motive of the graft case was to "malign" Khaleda and bar her from the upcoming elections.

Sheikh Hasina's party earlier said the graft case verdict was totally a matter of the court and the party had nothing to do with it.



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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 18:50 IST