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Arrest warrant against Khaleda, Goyeshwar

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MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court on Wednesday issued arrest warrant against Bangaldesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia and her party’s standing committee member Goyeshwar Chandra Roy for making derogatory remarks about the number of martyrs in war of liberation and martyred intellectuals, reported news agency. Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Abu Sayeed issued the warrant allowing a plea of plaintiff AB Siddiqui. The court also set 7 August for submitting report on execution of the order. According to the case documents, Khaleda at a rally of Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Dal on 21 December 2015, had made the objectionable remarks. Her party ...

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BNP begins 7-hr hunger strike

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MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) started a seven-hour token hunger strike at Mohanagar Natya Mancha in the city on Monday protesting at the Supreme Court order upholding its stay on bail granted by the High Court to Khaleda Zia in a murder case in Cumilla. BNP leaders, activists and supporters sat on mats in front of photos showing BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and banners calling for her release. The activists chanted slogans demanding Khaleda Zia be freed. Advisors to the BNP Chairperson Kabir Murad and Ataur Rahman Dhali, BNP Joint Secretary General Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, Organising Secretary ...

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Khaleda files bail pleas in three cases

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MNA National Desk: The lawyers of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday filed separate petitions with the High Court (HC) seeking her bail in three cases. Among the three cases, two were filed in Cumilla on charge of plotting to carry out subversive acts and another in Narail on charge of defamation, said lawyer Khandaker Mahbub Hossain. Earlier in the day, a HC bench of justice AKM Asaduzzaman and justice JBM Hassan granted permission to Khaleda for filing the bail petitions after her lawyers sought for it. Later, the HC bench fixed June 7 to hear the bail pleas of ...

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Jail authorities cancel Khaleda’s relative visit

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MNA National Desk: The jail authorities have cancelled a planned meeting of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia with her family members citing illness, reported news agency. Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir says they are worried about her health. Khaleda’s sister Selina Islam, son Tarique Rahman’s mother-in-law Iqbal Mand Banu and Tarique’s sister-in-law Shahina Khan Zaman Bindu, and several other relatives went to visit her at the old jailhouse on Nazimuddin Road in Dhaka on Friday afternoon. Mirza Fakhrul said they had permission to visit her, but the jail authorities did not allow them to see her. He said the authorities ...

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Charitable case: Khaleda gets bail till Apr 5

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MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court has granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia till April 5 in Zia Charitable Trust graft case. Judge Dr Akhtaruzzaman of Dhaka Special Court-5 passed the order on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the BNP chief was not produced in the court today although strict security measures have been taken in the court area ahead of Khaleda’s appearance. Jail sources told media that she was not produced before the court due to sickness. Earlier on March 13, the same court ordered the jail authorities to produce the BNP Chairperson in the court on March 28 and 29 ...

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Khaleda’s bail stayed until 8 May

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MNA National Desk: The Supreme Court stayed until 8 May a High Court order granting a four-month interim bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. The four-member Appellate Division bench, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain issued the order on Monday, after considering the leave to appeal petitions challenging BNP chief’s bail. Earlier, on 18 March, the SC bench set the date concluding its hearing on two petitions filed by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the state and another filed by Khaleda Zia seeking withdrawal of stay on bail order. Former Prime Minister Khaleda was ...

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Khaleda’s bail stayed until Sunday

MNA National Desk: The Supreme Court today stayed till next Sunday the High Court order that granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. A four-member Appellate Division bench, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order after hearing two petitions filed against the High Court order. The apex court also asked the ACC and government to file two separate leave-to-appeal petitions with the court by Sunday challenging the HC order on bail of Khaleda. On February 8, the Special Judge’s Court-5 of Dhaka sentenced Khaleda to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in the ...

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BNP’s human chain for Khaleda’s release

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MNA National Desk: BNP leaders and activists formed a human chain in Dhaka this morning as part of their countrywide protest demanding release of party Chairperson Khaleda Zia. Senior leaders and supporters of BNP gathered in front of Jatiya Press Club since 10:00am with placards and chanting slogans, blocking one side of the road. Huge number of law enforcers cordoned off the protesters to fend off any trouble. BNP’s districts, city units are also scheduled to observe the programmes at their convenient time and places. Earlier on Sunday, the party announced two-day countrywide fresh programmes, including formation of human chain ...

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Appeal filed challenging Khaleda’s verdict

MNA National Desk: Counsels of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed an appeal petition challenging the verdict sentencing the former prime minister to five years of imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. The appeal plea was filed with a branch of High Court at about 3:00pm on Tuesday, said Khaleda Zia’s lawyer Barrister Kaysar Kamal. Earlier, the senior lawyers of Khaleda Zia hold meeting for several hours at the hall room of Supreme Court’s bar in the morning. Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, AJ Mohammad Ali, Abdur Rezak Khan, Barrister Mahbubuddin Khokon, Barrister Badruddoza Badal, Sanaullah Mia, Aminul Islam, ...

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Police foils BNP procession, several held

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MNA National Desk: BNP leaders and activists brought out a procession from Purana Paltan area in the city on Saturday in protest against the imprisonment of their Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case. The BNP men brought out the rally from opposite to Kakrail Mosque area around 1:20 pm chanting slogans for the release of their leader. The law enforcers charged batons on the rally and detained several BNP activists from the procession. The BNP men brought out the rally as part of their 2-day protest programme against Khaleda’s conviction. Earlier on Friday, they staged demonstrations across the country ...

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Khaleda lawyers demand division for her

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MNA National Desk: BNP joint secretary general Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon on Friday said a team of BNP lawyers went to the old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city in the evening for submitting an application to the jail authorities, seeking division for the BNP chief. However, the jail authorities did not meet them to receive it although they waited for nearly two hours at the jail gate. Earlier, Khaleda was taken to the old central jail after a special court sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. Talking to reporters at ...

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Khaleda verdict: Security tightened across country

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MNA National Desk: Security measures have been beefed up across the country including the capital Dhaka centring the verdict of Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. The former prime minister and five others, including her son Tarique Rahman stand accused of embezzling Tk 21 million in foreign donation meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust. As part of the security measures, close circuit cameras have been installed at different strategic points across the capital. The law enforcers have also set up checkposts at all the entry points of Dhaka to monitor movement of Dhaka-bound people. Inspector General ...

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Police ban all kinds of gatherings on Thursday

MNA National Desk: As tensions rise on the political scene over BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s graft case, police in Dhaka have prohibited all kinds of gatherings, processions and rallies on Thursday, when the court is scheduled to deliver its verdict. On Tuesday, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police issued a ‘special notice’, where it said any kind of gathering will be prohibited from 4am that day until further notice. It also said any kind of demonstration or procession hindering traffic or obstructing public movement will not be allowed. Carrying any kind of sticks, knives or any other sharp weapon and explosives or ...

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BNP executive committee meeting begins

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MNA National Desk: BNP national executive committee’s daylong meeting started at Hotel Le Meridian on Saturday morning with its chairperson Khaleda Zia in chair. The inaugural session of meeting started at 11:05 am where a condolence motion was adopted for the eminent personalities and party activists who have died recently. The BNP leaders and activists observed a one-minute silence to show respect to them. Organizational report will be placed by the party’s Secretary General at this session and the BNP chief is expected to give fresh directive to her party leaders and activists about the party’s next course of action, ...

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BNP facing ‘third major crisis’ with the coming verdict

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MNA National Desk: BNP Joint Secretary General Mahbub Uddin Khokon says the party is facing its ‘third major crisis’ with the coming verdict on the graft trial against BNP chief Khaleda Zia. It is ‘easy to guess’ what kind of verdict will be rendered, he said. The BNP leader and Supreme Court Bar Association General Secretary made the remarks on Sunday evening at a meeting of expatriate party activists in New York’s Brooklyn on Sunday evening. “The BNP is facing a major crisis for the third time,” he said. “The first time was after the murder of President Ziaur Rahman ...

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Tabith gets ticket to run for DNCC mayor

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MNA National Desk: The BNP-led coalition has again picked Md Tabith Awal to run for the mayor in the by-polls to the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC). The party’s nomination board led by its chairperson Khaleda Zia took the decision after interviewing its mayoral aspirants at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office on Monday night. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia-led panel interviewed the five candidates who sought the party’s ticket. The others who sought ticket were BNP Special Affairs Secretary Asaduzzaman Ripon, retired army major and former MP Akhtaruzzaman, Dhaka Metropolitan North Unit President MA Kayum and BNP’s Assistant Secretary for Publication ...

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Khaleda’s cases shifted to Bakshibazar court

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MNA National Desk: The Law Ministry on Monday shifted 16 cases filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to the makeshift court at Bakshibazar in the city. The ministry issued three gazette notifications in this regard, reported news agency. Law Minster Anisul Haque said the cases against Khaleda Zia were shifted to a single court for security concern, not for any political reason. Before talking to reporters, the minister held a meeting with the speaker of London Tower Hamlet Sabina Akthar when he sought the repatriation of the convicted killers of intellectuals during the 1971 Liberation War. Anisul Haque hoped that ...

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Khaleda sends legal notice to PM

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MNA National Desk: Khaleda Zia has sent a legal notice to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, asking her to apologise for making ‘baseless and defamatory’ remarks about her assets abroad. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s counsel and BNP joint secretary general Barrister Mahbubuddin Khokon sent the notice by post on Tuesday. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir disclosed this at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office. In the notice, Khaleda demanded that the Prime Minister apologise unconditionally and publish it in the media by 30 days. Otherwise, Khaleda will take legal steps to sue the Prime Minister for ...

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Comments on Khaleda, PM should apologise: Mirza Fakhrul

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MNA National Desk: BNP accused the Prime Minister of giving ‘false and defamatory’ information about its chief Khaleda Zia and her family members’ assets in Saudi Arabia. “The PM’s comments on laundering money by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia are totally false, fabricated and baseless. The main motive behind such imaginary story of corruption is to dent the image of her and her family members and politically malign them,” said Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. The secretary general of BNP came up with the remarks while speaking at a press conference at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office for giving reaction to Prime ...

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Khaleda Zia granted bail in graft cases

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MNA National Desk: BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has been granted bail in both Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases. Judge of Dhaka Special Judges Court-5, Akhtaruzzaman on Tuesday handed down the bail order after the BNP chief appeared before the makeshift court at Bakshibazar in Dhaka at 11:00pm. Earlier on 30 November, the court issued arrest warrants against Khaleda cancelling her bail in the cases. The court announced that hearing of the Zia Orphanage Trust case will be held between 6 December and 8 December. On 3 July 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust ...

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SC rejects Khaleda Zia’s leave to appeal

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MNA National Desk: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the leave to appeal filed by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia seeking new recording of deposition of the witnesses of Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. A five-member bench led by acting chief justice Abdul Wahhab Miah passed the order. Earlier on Monday, the SC concluded the hearing and set Thursday for delivering verdict. Badrudduza Badal, counsel of Khaleda Zia, said the Appellate Division rejected the leave to appeal filed against HC order that disposed the petition filed by Khaleda Zia for fresh recording of deposition of witnesses. On ...

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Thomas A Shannon sits with Khaleda

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MNA National Desk: Visiting US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A Shannon sat in a meeting with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia here on Monday morning. The meeting was scheduled to be held at the BNP chief’s Gulshan office at 10:45am, reported news agency. US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat are also present at the meeting. Shannon arrived in Dhaka on Sunday with a US delegation to join the US-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue and discuss bilateral, regional and global issues, including the Rohingya crisis, with government and non-government officials. Besides, a Canadian parliamentary delegation is also scheduled to meet ...

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Khaleda’s motorcade passes through firebombing

MNA Editorial Desk: As the BNP motorcade carrying party Chairperson Khaleda Zia passed through on its way back to Dhaka from the Rohingya refugee camps, two buses were firebombed and explosives were detonated in Feni. The incident occurred around 4:30pm on Tuesday as the motorcade drove past the Mahipal filling station. Two explosions were heard after 30-35 cars in the convoy passed the area, witnesses said. Two buses parked on the opposite of the road were set into fire. Violence hit the roof in the area, causing disruptions. Though the motorcade had been scheduled to halt its journey at the ...

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Quader behind the attack: Rizvi claimed

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MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has claimed that road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, who is also ruling Awami League general secretary, is behind the attack that took place on Khaleda Zia’s convoy. “He [Quader] carried out this attack at the behest of the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina,” Rizvi said, addressing a press conference on Sunday at BNP’s central office at Naya Paltan in the city. Awami League leaders on Saturday said that the attack was the result of BNP’s internal conflict. Countering a remark by AL leaders that the ...

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Khaleda Zia’s convoy comes under attack

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The convoy of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia, heading towards Cox’s Bazar, came under attack at Mohammad Ali Bazaar near Feni town on Saturday. When Khaleda Zia’s vehicle crossed the bazaar at about 4:45pm, a group of unruly people attacked the vehicles of her convoy, witnesses said. They damaged a number of vehicles, including microbuses of Channel I, DBC, Ekattor and Baishakhi televisions and beat several journalists and leaders and activists of BNP who were going with Khaleda Zia, reported news agency. However, Khaleda Zia reached Feni Circuit House safely at about 5:00pm. After taking ...

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Sushma Swaraj to meet Khaleda Zia

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MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will sit for a courtesy meeting at Hotel Sonargaon in Dhaka on Sunday night. BNP Chairperson’s media wing official Shamsuddin Didar told to media, the former prime minister Khaleda Zia and Shushma Swaraj will meet at the hotel at about 8:00pm. Sushma Swaraj will arrive in Dhaka on Sunday on a two-day official visit to discuss bilateral issues with an expectation to take forward the relations to the next level. She will arrive at the Bangabandhu Air Force base at 13:55pm. Bangladesh and ...

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Khaleda Zia gets bail in two graft cases

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MNA National Desk: BNP chief Khaleda Zia secured bail from a special court set up at the playground of Government Alia Madrasah in Dhaka’s Bakshibazar in two graft cases over Zia Charitable and Zia Orphanage Trust. Upon hearing the prayers, the special court at Alia Madrasa premises in Bakshibazar accepted the bail for a bond of Tk 100,000. The BNP chief reached the court at 11am. Muhammad Jammiruddin Sircar, a former speaker and BNP leader, stood for Khaleda. The lawyers of the defendants and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) were there. Special security measures were taken in the court area. On 12 ...

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