Dhaka – Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief Khaleda Zia has been granted bail in a graft case as she surrendered before the court that issued the arrest warrant for skipping schedule appearance on time, officials said on Thursday.
The special court granted her bail on a Tk 100,000 bond warning her not to leave the country without the permission from the court, which has been trying Khaled and her associates for their alleged involvement in plundering money from a charity named after her slain husband, Ziaur Rahman.
Khaleda returned home from London Wednesday ending her three months private trip. But she did not inform the court before leaving Dhaka.
Court officials and lawyers said she appeared on the dock and sought the bail this morning at the makeshift court set up in old Dhaka’s Bakshibazar area.
After granting the bail the court held the routine hearing.
Khaleda claimed her innocence during a one-hour statement before the court. The judge fixed October 26 for the next hearing.
She also claimed the cases filed against her were politically motivated and aimed at harassing her, a defense lawyer said.
She was allowed to speak as the court accepted a petition for giving the statement in self defence.
Khaleda Zia has been facing six arrest warrants in different cases, four with different Dhaka courts, two of them trying her for graft charges related to Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust.
Of the rests, two were for allegedly undermining the country’s map and the national flag and celebrating her “false birthday” on August 15 every year and the others over violence in February 2015 while the last cases are being tried by courts in Comilla.