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SC upholds Khaleda’s bail in Cumilla murder case

Published : Monday, 8 April, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 895

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday upheld a High Court order granting bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a murder case filed over killing eight people by an arson attack in Cumilla in 2015.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order rejecting a petition filed by the government seeking a stay on the HC order.

However, Khaleda Zia cannot get released from jail following the Supreme Court order as she is arrested in few other cases including Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust Graft case, Deputy Attorney General Dr Md Bashirullah told journalists.

Eight people were killed and at least 20 others injured as unidentified pickets hurled a petrol bomb at a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram upazila during countrywide blockade enforced by the BNP-led alliance.
Khaleda Zia was made accused of ordering the attack and two cases were filed against her with Chauddagram Police Station in this connection.

The HC on March 6 granted bail to Khaleda bail in the case. The government filed a petition with the apex court challenging the HC order.
Khaleda Zia landed in Old Dhaka central jail on February 8 last year after a special court sentenced her to five years' rigorous imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. The HC on October 30, 2018 enhanced her punishment to 10 years' imprisonment in the same case.

Besides, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was also convicted in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case and sentenced to seven years' rigorous imprisonment by a special court on October 29 last year.

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