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B'desh SC grants bail to ex-PM Khaleda Zia in graft case

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

Bangladesh's former Khaleda Zia, serving a five-year jail term in a corruption case, was today granted bail by the country's Supreme Court, which upheld a order in her favour.

Her lawyers, however, said that the verdict was unlikely to bring Zia out of prison as her bail pleas in six other cases against her were pending hearing.

Court officials said a four-member bench of headed by decided to grant Zia bail, upholding a previous order.

The apex court also directed the to dispose of by July 31 the hearing of Zia's appeal petition against her conviction and imprisonment in the corruption case which sent her to jail, they said.

"We expect to secure her bail in the pending cases as well," her said.

The 72-year-old Nationalist Party (BNP) was jailed for five years on February 8 over the embezzlement of 21 million taka (about USD 250,000) in foreign donations meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust, named after her husband late Ziaur Rahman, a

Zia has been in the old jailhouse on Nazimuddin Road, after she was convicted in the case.

The court had also sentenced Khaleda's elder son Tarique Rahman, now in the UK, and four others to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment each, and fined them a total of 2.10 crore taka, saying that all the convicts have to pay the fine in equal amounts.

The High Court had on March 12 granted an interim bail to Zia.

Later, the and the challenged the High Court order, taking their appeals to the Appellate Division.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 11:25 IST