Ex-Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia gets 6-month bail in Cumilla bus arson case
Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice SM Mozibur Rahman granted the 72-year-old leader the bail today, the bdnews24.com reported.
Eight people were killed and 20 others were injured when unidentified assailants hurled a petrol bomb at the bus in Comilla's Chouddagram upazila on February 2, 2015, during protests against the government.
Judge KM Shamsul Alam had endorsed the police’s move to name Khaleda as an arrestee in the case but did not take any decision about her bail plea, setting August 8 for the hearing. Then Khaleda’s lawyers had moved the High Court with a bail petition.
The court had set today for the decision after hearing the appeal on July 29.
Two separate cases – one for murder, the other under the Explosives Act – were filed over the incident. "A petition was filed on May 28 to dismiss the case. That is on hold for the next hearing," said AKM Ehsanur Rahman, according to the report.
As the BNP chief had been in prison since being sentenced to five years in jail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8, police had promptly “shown her arrested”.
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