Bangladesh Supreme Court grants bail to former PM Khaleda Zia in corruption case

Dhaka, May 16: Bangladesh’s former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was on Wednesday granted bail by the country’s Supreme Court in a graft case, according to a media report. The Bangladesh’s apex court has upheld the high court’s March bail order for the 72-year-old Zia, also the chief of the main opposition party Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), bbdnews24 reported. The high court will now resolve by July 31 Zia’s appeal that sought to overturn her conviction and a five-year jail term in the Zia Orphanage Trust case, it said. The BNP chief was jailed for five years on February 8 over the embezzlement of 21 million taka (about $2,50,000) in foreign donations meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust, named after her husband late Ziaur Rahman, a military ruler-turned-politician. (Agencies)