Local court granted bail to Khaleda Zia in graft and defamation cases

Vastavam web: Bangladesh’s embattled former premier Khaleda Zia has surrendered before a local court that granted her bail in graft and defamation cases, a week after it issued an arrest warrant against her.”The bail was granted on conditions that she would inform the court before leaving the country in future,” an official of the court told reporters yesterday.Surrounded by her party activists, Zia came to the court complex in old Dhaka and surrendered before the judge, a day after she returned home from London after a three-month visit.
After granting the bail, the court held a routine hearing wherein she gave an hour long statement claiming her innocence in the graft cases.”She also claimed that cases filed against her are false, motivated and imaginarily made up and aimed at harassing her,” a defense lawyer said, adding she was allowed to speak as the court accepted her petition to give a statement.She is being tried for inducting in her 2001-2006 cabinet the people who were opposed to the country’s independence and committed crimes against humanity by siding with the Pakistani troops.