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Tarique Rahman, Senior Vice Chairman of Bangladesh Nationalist Party
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Dhaka: A court in Bangladesh capital Dhaka issued an arrest warrant against the country’s former prime minister Khaleda Zia’s eldest son Tarique Rahman in a sedition case.

Moshiur Malek, president of Bangabandhu Foundation, a pro-ruling Bangladesh Awami League organisation, filed the case over the opposition party deputy chief’s comments calling Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman ‘Pakbandhu (a friend of Pakistan)’, as reported by a news agency.

Malek in his plea on Sunday mentioned that Rahman at a programme in London on September 29 said his father Ziaur Rahman was the first president of Bangladesh.

Rahman, also a senior vice chairman of Khaleda’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), called the founding father of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman a ‘Pakbandhu (a friend of Pakistan)’.

The plaintiff demanded punishment for his remarks which amounted to a distortion of the history of Bangladesh’s Liberation War.

The court of Dhaka’s Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lutfur Rahman Shishir, who issued the warrant on Sunday, also ordered the detective branch of Bangladesh police to investigate the charge.

Rahman was arrested on March 7, 2007 on charges of corruption during the 2007-2008 military-controlled caretaker government.

Opposition chief Khaleda Zia often says political vendettas are to blame in her son’s prosecutions during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s incumbent government against which she has been leading the opposition procession from her party.

(IANS)

 

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Khaleda Zia granted bail in 2008 corruption case

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06

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Khaleeda Zia granted 64 months bail. IANS

Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, convicted in a corruption case, was granted bail on Monday.

BNP leader Zia secured a four-month bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case in which she was handed five years of imprisonment by a Bangladesh court.

“Now, there is no legal bar to let Khaleda walk out of prison on bail,” Bangladesh Daily Star quoted BNP Advocate Sagir Hossain Leon as saying.

Earlier today, a bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim passed the bail order in response to a petition moved by Khaleda before a high court back in February.

Her bail was considered on four grounds, including her health condition.

Further, the high court directed the concerned authority to prepare the paper book of the case within the next four months for hearing the appeal she filed against her conviction in the case.

The high court sentenced Zia’s eldest son and Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and four others for at least 10 years with a fine of 2.10 crore Bangladeshi takas (Tk).

The Anti-Corruption Commission had earlier filed a case in 2008 with Ramna Police Station, accusing six persons including Khaleda and her son Tarique.

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06.

In a political career spanning almost four decades, Khaleda went to the jail several times but was never convicted. She was detained several times during the anti-Ershad movement between the 1980s and 1990s.

In March 1983, she was made vice-chairperson of BNP after her husband and former Bangladesh President Ziaur was assassinated.

She went on to become the party’s chairperson in 1984, a position which she holds today. May 10, 1984.

Since the last three decades, Bangladeshi politics have been dominated by Zia and current Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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