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13 February, 2018 12:28:17 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 13 February, 2018 11:08:18 AM

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Legal pangs pile up on jailed BNP chief

Khaleda shown arrested in 2 cases, asked to appear at court in 2 others
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Legal pangs pile up on jailed BNP chief

With imprisoned BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia awaiting the certified copy of her conviction in a graft case in order to file for bail, the former prime minister was shown arrested in two cases yesterday, while a court asked her to appear before it in two other cases filed against her. Inspector General of Police (Prisons) Brig Gen Syed Iftekhar Uddin told reporters that directives to produce Khaleda before the court in two cases filed against her with Tejgaon and Shahbagh police stations reached the prison authorities yesterday.

According to legal experts, the BNP chief might be shown arrested in several other cases that would require her to secure separate bails, ultimately prolonging her stay behind bars.

 

They opined that Khaleda has already been shown arrested in two cases, and arrest warrants are still pending in three other cases from lower courts. If she is shown arrested in these cases, the BNP chief would have to secure bail in all the cases, which would require time and lengthy legal procedures.

The lower courts had issued arrest warrants against the BNP chairperson in five cases as she did not appear before them in accordance with their orders.

Among the five, a Comilla court on January 2 issued an arrest warrant against Khaleda in a case filed over an arson attack on a bus in Chouddagram upazila in 2015 in which eight people were killed and 20 injured. As per the case history, miscreants had hurled a petrol bomb at a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram on February 3, 2015, during the BNP-led alliance’s nationwide anti-government movement.

Comilla court police inspector Subrata Banarjee said as per a court order, the arrest warrant has been sent to Gulshan police

station. Gulshan police yesterday showed Khaleda as arrested in the case, Advocate Sanaullah Miah, a defence counsel, said.

A Comilla court is scheduled to start the trial proceedings on February 25, he added.

The BNP chief is also facing arrest warrants in three other cases on various charges, including undermining the country’s map and the national flag. Now lodged in Central Jail on Nazimuddin Road in the city following her five-year imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, Khaleda will file an appeal in the High Court against the lower court order after receiving the certified copy of the verdict.

However, Khaleda did not receive the copy till yesterday. “We’re yet to receive the copy of the lower court verdict. After receiving the copy, we’ll move the High Court,” Sanaullah said.

According to pro-BNP lawyers, Khaleda is now facing a total of 37 cases, out of which police have submitted charges in 17 cases. Of the cases, four were filed during the tenure of the Army-backed 1/11 government that ruled between 2006 and 2008. The cases pertained to corruption in the Barapukuria Coal Mine, GATCO, NIKO and Zia Orphanage Trust.

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