Khaleda Zia's lawyer Zainul Abedin talking to reporters after the hearing on the bail of BNP chief. -AA
The Appellate Division is set to hold hearing today on two petitions seeking to freeze bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a corruption case. Chamber judge of the Supreme Court Justice Hasan Foez Siddique heard the pleas by the state and the Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday, but refrained from issuing an order and forwarded the pleas to the full appellate bench.
The four-member Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, is set to hear the petitions today. The hearing will start at 9:00am and all eyes will remain on the apex court to know the SC decision and if the former prime minister will be able to come out of the jail.
Khaleda is serving a five-year prison term since February 8 when a Dhaka court convicted her of misusing international donations meant for an orphanage.The High Court granted her a four-month interim bail on Monday.On Tuesday, the attorney general's office and the graft watchdog moved the chamber judge against the decision.
Meanwhile, Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim signed on Khaleda's bail order yesterday afternoon and a copy was later sent to the Special Court-5 in Dhaka. It is learned that the bail order will go to the prison after the CMM Court receives it.
Speaking to journalists after the chamber court order, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said Khaleda Zia must secure bail in the Comilla arson case even after her bail order in the Zia Orphanage graft case. "A shown arrest order has been issued against Khaleda in the arson case that means she is in jail in this case too. So, she wouldn't be able to walk out of jail until getting bail in the case," he added.
Meanwhile, Khaleda's lawyer Joynul Abedin told journalists that the government and ACC have been united to freeze her bail. "The appeals have been moved to keep Khaleda Zia behind bars for a long time," he added. On February 8 last, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former Prime Minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.
The case was filed on February 3, 2015 with Chauddagram Police Station in Comilla after seven people were killed and 25 others were injured in a petrol bomb attack on a bus.
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