Staff Correspondent: Hearing has begun on the appeal petitions filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia challenging the lower court verdict that sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust Corruption Case.
The High Court (HC) bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman started the hearing at 11:00am on Thursday.
Lawyer Abdur Rezzak Khan stood for Khaleda Zia while lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan moved for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and Deputy Attorney General Farhad Ahmed and Assistant Attorney General Md Yousuf Mahmud Morshed represented the state during the hearing in the court.
Earlier on July 9, the Supreme Court set today (July 12) to pass an order on two petitions filed by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia seeking review of its earlier order that asked the High Court to hear and dispose of her appeal in Zia Orphanage Trust Corruption case by July 31.
On March 19, the Appellate Division stayed Khaleda's bail until May 8 in the graft case in which she was convicted by the lower court.
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. The court also jailed Tarique Rahman, now the acting chairman of BNP, and four others to 10 years imprisonment and fined them Tk 2.1 crore.
Khaleda Zia was then sent to the old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city on February 8. She secured four months' bail from the High Court in the case on March 12.
On March 15, the ACC and the state filed two leave-to-appeal petitions before the Appellate Division challenging Khaleda Zia's bail. Later, the Appellate Division stayed Khaleda Zia's bail until May 8 in the case.
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