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Bangla court again extends ex-PM Zia's bail in corruption case

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

A in today once again extended the bail granted to imprisoned former in a corruption case after her sought an extension citing her illness.

The bail of the 72-year-old three-time former and opposition in the Charitable Trust graft case has been extended at least five times since March, Tribune reported.

But, Zia, also the of the Nationalist Party (BNP), will have to stay in jail as other cases are pending against her.

She was not present in the when the judgement was passed today, the report said.

Dr of the Special 5 extended Zia's bail until July 17.

The court had fixed July 10 for the hearing of the case against and three others accused. She was also supposed to be produced before the court.

However, her asked for an extension of the bail due to her illness, the report added.

Sheikh last week accused her arch-rival Zia of "faking" her illness in jail to avoid appearances in court.

Zia is lodged in a 200-year-old prison in for the last four months.

She was jailed for five years in February in connection with the embezzlement of 21 million taka (about USD 250,000) in foreign donations meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust, named after her late husband Ziaur Rahman, a

The Zia charitable graft case, filed in August 2011, accuses four persons including Zia of abusing power to raise funds for the trust from unknown sources.

The three others are: Harris Chowdhury, of then Zia between 2001 and 2006; Ziaul Islam Munna, (APS) to Harris; and Monirul Islam Khan, APS of former

The graft case is one of dozens pending against Zia.

The charges against her had already led to her boycotting polls in 2014, which triggered widespread protests at the time. The BNP had termed the elections as "farcical".

The BNP has claimed that the cases are politically-motivated to keep its out of the national elections scheduled for December.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 17:15 IST