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The High Court today extended its earlier order that granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case filed for torching a covered van in Cumilla is Chauddagram upazila in February, 2015.


The extension of bail will continue till disposal of the case at the trial court concerned.

The High Court bench of Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice SM Mozibur Rahman passed the order after hearing an appeal filed by Khaleda Zia seeking extension of her bail in the case, Barrister AKM Ehsanur Rahman, a lawyer for Khaleda Zia, told The Daily Star.

He, however, said Khaleda cannot get released from jail following the High Court order as she is arrested in four other cases.

Police filed the case with Chauddagram Police Station under the Special Powers Act, 1974 after a covered van was torched during the anti-government agitation on February 2, 2015.

Following an appeal filed by Khaleda, the High Court on August 6 last year granted six-month bail to her in this case.

WHY IS KHALEDA IN JAIL?

On October 29 last year, Khaleda was convicted and sentenced to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment by a special court in Dhaka in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.

Earlier, Khaleda landed in jail being sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case by the same court on February 8 last year. The High Court later extended her jail terms in the case to 10 years.

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