Khaleda Zia finally gets interim bail for four months


On February 25, Khaleda Zia failed to secure bail in the case as the High Court says it will pass an order on her bail petition upon receiving all the documents relating to the judgment from the lower court.

A Bangladeshi court granted bail on Monday to former prime minister Khaleda Zia, who was jailed last month for five years for graft, raising a chance her party might take part in a December general election.

Zia, 72, was sentenced to five years in jail on February 8 in connection with the embezzlement of 21 million taka (about United States dollars 250,000) in foreign donations meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust, named after her late husband Ziaur Rahman, a military ruler-turned-politician.

A court convicted Zia on Feb 8 on charges of misusing her power and embezzling about $250,000.

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Engineer of Roads and Highways Department (Dhaka division) Sabuj Uddin Khan, Project Director Md Ishak and other senior officials were also present. Earlier on Monday, Alamgir said an election without Zia would be "meaningless".

Tarique, who is in the United Kingdom now, and Mominur Rahman, nephew of late president Ziaur Rahman, are still shown as fugitives in the case documents. They had though that there would be a tough movement in the country after the arrest of Khaleda Zia.

Quader, also the general secretary of the ruling Awami League, said their party has no intention to keep BNP away from the election.

Law Minister Anisul Huq said that the high court order today proved the government had no interference in the case. The charges against her had already led to her boycotting polls in 2014, which triggered widespread protests at the time.