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Cumilla arson case: Khaleda Zia seeks bail
Dhaka, 29 July, Abnews: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday filed a bail petition with the High Court in the case filed under Special Power Act over the arson attack in Cumilla on Feb 3, 2015.
 
The petition was filed with the bench of Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice SM Mojibur Rahman on Sunday, reports UNB.
 
AM Ehsanur Rahman, a member of Khaleda's lawyer panel, said they filed the petition after a Comilla court denied bail to the BNP chief on July 27 in the case.
 
Earlier on July 23, the High Court directed the Comilla court to dispose of the bail petition, filed by Khaleda, by July 26.
 
On July 17, Khaleda Zia filed a petition before the court seeking bail in the case.
 
Eight people were killed and 20 others injured when miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram of Cumilla district during the BNP-led alliance’s movement on February 3, 2015.
 
On Feb 8, a Dhaka court sentenced BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to five years of rigorous imprisonment and fines her Tk 2 crore for financial irregularities in the Zia Orphanage Trust.
 
After Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, Khaleda is the second head of the government convicted in a graft case.
 
The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July 3, 2008 with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, now living in the UK, and four others of misappropriating over 2.10 crore that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.
 
Four other accused are former BNP MP Salimul Haq Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, former principal secretary Kamal Uddin Siddique and Mominur Rahman, nephew of late President Ziaur Rahman. Kamal Uddin Siddique and Mominur Rahman have long been absconding.
 
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