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Khaleda Zia’s arrest warrant in graft cases upheld

Khaleda Zia.   | Photo Credit: A.M. Ahad

A Bangladeshi court on Wednesday upheld the arrest warrants issued against opposition leader Khaleda Zia in two graft cases involving over USD 650,000, which could see her jailed for life.

Refusing to entertain the pleas filed by Zia’s lawyer seeking withdrawal of arrest warrant issued against her in the graft cases, Abu Ahmed Jamadar of Special Judge Court-3 said the February 25 order on the BNP chief’s arrest will remain effective.

The court fixed April 5 for the next hearing in the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases.

The judge also allowed defence counsel to represent Zia’s ’fugitive’ elder son Tarique Rahman, who is also an accused in the graft cases, in the court in his absence.

The court had ordered Zia’s arrest on February 25 after she repeatedly failed to appear for the hearings.

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