Defamation Case Against Khaleda Zia
Petition to show her arrested not allowed
Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court did not accept the petition filed for showing Khaleda Zia arrested in a defamation case lodged over undermining country's map, national flag and stigmatizing the Liberation War.
Bangladesh Jananetri Parishad President AB Siddique submitted the petition before the Metropolitan Magistrate Md Ahsan Habib's Court on Wednesday morning.
After a hearing, the court did not pass any order on the petition.
The court at the same time ordered the Officer-in Charge (OC) of Gulshan Police Station to submit a report on March 14 on the arrest warrant execution.
Complainant Siddique in his petition said she (Khaleda) did not come to court though an arrest order had been pending with the court issued against her on October 12 last year.
On October 12, another Magistrate Md Nur Nabi passed the order for the arrest of former Prime Minister Khaleda as she failed to appear before the court even though the court had summoned her repeatedly to appear before it.
On November 03 in 2016, Siddique filed the case with the court accusing BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her late husband and former president Ziaur Rahman of undermining the country's map, national flag and stigmatizing the Liberation War.
Zia took over as the country's president after the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members on August 15 in 1975, the case statement read.
He also threatened Hasina and confined her after she arrived in the country from abroad on May 17 in 1981.
After coming to power, Khaleda formed a coalition government with Jamaat-e-Islami in 2001. She appointed ministers and handed over the map and the national flag of independent Bangladesh to them even though they fought against the country during the Liberation War.
Now three times Prime Minister Khaleda is in old Dhaka's Special Jail after a Dhaka court sentenced her to five years of imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust Graft Case on February 08.