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Khaleda Zia granted bail in corruption case

IANS  |  Dhaka 

A court on Monday granted four months interim bail to former and the country's main in a corruption case.

Zia, 72, was sentenced to five years in jail on February 8 for embezzling $252,000 in foreign donations for the Orphanage Trust.

The approved the petition for bail considering Zia's age, her health and the fact that an appeal was pending in the case, reported.

One of Zia's lawyers, Masud Ahmed, told news that the of the Nationalist Party (BNP) might not be released if other courts, that have issued arrest warrants against her, require her to stay in prison.

is facing more than a dozen cases of corruption, violence and sedition, charges which have also been slapped on hundreds of members, according to the party.

The country witnessed a tense situation after her arrest and the deployed security forces fearing opposition violence, but the response was generally limited to peaceful protests and human chains.

This was in contrast to widespread violence that gripped the country in January 2015, on -- boycotted by the -- lasting three months and which left 120 people dead while hundreds were injured.



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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 18:28 IST