High Court grants six-month bail to Khaleda in a defamation case

Justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and Justice Kashefa Hussain passed the order on Tuesday after hearing a bail petition filed by Khaleda’s lawyers.

The bail petition was filed on Monday after a Dhaka Court denied the bail in the case on Aug 7.

On Jan 5, 2016, AB Siddiqui, president of Jananetri Parishad, filed the case with Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Dhaka.

Khaleda at a discussion in Dhaka on Dec 21, 2015, raised questions about the actual number of Liberation War martyrs saying: “There’re controversies over how many were martyred in the war. There’re also many books and documents on the controversies.”

The former prime minister has been in jail since Feb 8 after a special court sentenced her to five years in prison for corruption in the Zia Orphanage Trust.

She secured bail from the Supreme Court in the case, but is yet to be released as several other courts ordered her arrest in different cases.


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