Khaleda Zia gets bail in 5 cases in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh – Former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has secured bail in a sedition case and four graft cases after she appeared in five separate courts in Bangladesh’s capital.

Zia and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party she leads say the cases are politically motivated and are meant to harass her. Authorities have rejected the allegations, saying the charges Zia faced involve corruption during her last premiership in 2001-2006 and violence in recent years as an opposition leader.

She appeared in courts Tuesday amid tight security as lawyers tied to her party crammed the courts while a few hundred supporters demonstrated outside.

Abdullah Abu, a prosecution lawyer, said the courts granted bail in the cases with various considerations. The five courts asked her to appear for more proceedings on different dates this month.


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