Dhaka – Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief Khaleda Zia was granted bail after she appeared in court in a number of charges she has been facing from graft to street vandalism, lawyers said.
The former prime minister, now an opposition leader outside parliament, appeared the court amid hundreds of her supporters chanting slogans that she was accused in politically motivated cases.
A prosecution lawyer, Abdullah Abu said that the opposition leader sought bail in nine cases as the investigators found her involve in those charges. The charges were taken into the court’s cognizance despite she was granted bail.
Most of the cases were related to violence that took place during a nationwide transport blockade called by the BNP and its allies last year. The violence during the blockade killed more than 130 people, mostly in petrol-bomb attacks, in three months from January 2015.
Khaleda has also been facing a sedition case filed by a pro-government lawyer after she publicly questioned the official number of Bangladesh’s 1971 liberation war martyrs.
BNP says the cases have been fabricated and are aimed at keeping Khaleda out of politics.