Khaleda Zia’s indictment hearings in 10 cases postponed
Court Correspondent, bdnews24.com
Published: 2017-01-09 13:40:37.0 BdST Updated: 2017-01-09 13:40:37.0 BdST
The indictment hearings in a sedition case and nine cases of inciting violence against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia have been postponed.
Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Quamrul Hossain Molla fixed Feb 1 as the fresh date for the hearing, ordering the BNP leader to appear before the court on that date.
Khaleda Zia’s lawyers had requested for a postponement of the hearing planned for Monday, citing her illness.
Eight of the cases on inciting violence were filed at Darussalam Police Station and one was filed at Jatrabarhi Police Station for an incident of firebombing.
Speaking at a discussion on Dec 21 last year, Khaleda expressed doubts about the government's claims that nearly three million people had died during the 1971 Liberation War.
“There is a debate about how many hundreds of thousands were martyred in the Liberation War. Different books give different accounts,” she said.
The BNP chief had also said that Bangabandhu wanted to be the prime minister of undivided Pakistan rather than lead the country to independence.
Awami League and Supreme Court lawyer Mumtaz Uddin Ahmed Mehedi sued the former prime minister for her remarks by bringing charges of sedition.
8 cases of violence
After the BNP was prevented from holding a rally on Jan 5 2015 to protest the anniversary of the 10th Bangladesh Parliamentary Elections, Khaleda Zia called a nationwide blockade.
In the course of the blockade that lasted 90 days, vehicles and buildings were fire-bombed , leading to almost 150 deaths.
Numerous sabotage cases were filed at the time. Nine cases accusing Khaleda Zia were filed at the Darus Salam police station, eight under the Special Powers Act.
The court granted Khaleda bail in the cases. The cases under the Special Powers Act are awaiting an indictment hearing at the moment.
Jatrabarhi firebombing case
A petrol bomb explosion in Jatrabari’s Kather Pool area during last year’s blockades led to the injury of 30 bus passengers. One of the victims, Noor Alam, later died of burns.
Jatrabarhi police filed two cases, where Khaleda has been accused of inciting the attack.
Police pressed charges on the former prime minister and 37 others in the cases, one for the death and the other under the Explosives Act.
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