Update July 5, 2018

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Lower courts reject Khaleda Zia’s bail pleas

Mirajul Moin Joy

Two separate courts in Dhaka rejected the bail petitions filed by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia in two cases—for celebrating ‘fake’ birthday and for undermining the country’s map, national flag and the liberation war.

Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Md Khurshid Alam rejected the bail petition of Khaleda Zia in the case filed for celebrating the ‘fake’ birthday while Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Md Ahsan Habib rejected the plea in the other case, reports UNB.

On 21 June, the two courts fixed 5 July to pass their orders on the bail petitions of Khaleda Zia in the two cases.

Khaleda’s lawyers advocate Sanaullah Miah filed the petitions before the courts on 12 April.

On 17 November 2016, a Dhaka court issued an arrest warrant against Khaleda Zia in the case filed for celebrating ‘fake’ birthday on the National Mourning Day on 15 August.

Former joint general secretary of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) Gazi Jahirul Islam filed the case with the chief metropolitan magistrate’s court accusing Khaleda of provoking people by celebrating her ‘false’ birthday on 15 August.

The case was filed under sections 198 and 469 of the Code of Criminal Procedures (CrPC).

In his complaint, Jahirul Islam said Khaleda’s date of birth was mentioned as 15 August 1946 in her latest passport while 9 August 1944 in her marriage registration and 5 September 1946, in her SSC mark sheet.

On 3 November 2016, president of Jananetri Parishad, a pro-Awami League organisation, AB Siddique, filed the other case with a court accusing Khaleda of undermining the country’s map, the national flag and the liberation war.

On 8 February last, a special court in Dhaka sentenced Khaleda to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. Since then she has been kept in Old Dhaka Central Jail.

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