Dhaka: Former premier and leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia on Thursday became the first ex-Bangladeshi Prime Minister to appear before a court, which granted her eight weeks of interim bail in connection with a graft case.
Court officials said the former premier appeared this afternoon before a two-member bench headed by Judge Syed M Dastagir Husain, who granted her the bail in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.
The development came four months after the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) had filed the case against Zia and three others accusing them of abusing power in setting up the charitable trust naming it after her assassinated husband and former president Ziaur Rahman.
"This is for the first time a former head of the government appeared before the High Court to seek bail in a case in Bangladesh's history... she appeared before the court to show respect and confidence to the court," Zia's lawyer and former law minister Moudud Ahmed told newsmen....more
08:14 PM, Dec 08, 2011