Bangladesh courts is­sue war­rants for Khaleda Zia

The Asian Age - - Asia -

Dhaka, Oct. 12: Two courts in Bangladesh is­sued war­rants Thurs­day for the ar­rest of the Op­po­si­tion leader and for­mer premier Khaleda Zia, a move her party said was po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated ahead of elec­tions ex­pected next year.

The move came af­ter the govern­ment of Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Hasina launched a crack­down on the Op­po­si­tion, ar­rest­ing lead­ers and sup­port­ers of Zia’s Bangladesh Na­tion­al­ist Party (BNP).

One of the war­rants re­lates to a fail­ure to re­spond to a court sum­mons in a defama­tion case, Dhaka’s chief pros­e­cu­tor Ab­dul­lah Abu said.

The sec­ond was is­sued by a spe­cial anti-graft court af­ter Zia failed to at­tend a hear­ing in a long-run­ning case re­lat­ing to the al­leged em­bez­zle­ment of funds meant for an or­phan­age, Abu said. Ear­lier in the week, an­other court had or­dered Zia’s ar­rest on charges she in­cited the fire­bomb­ing of a bus in 2015.

It is not the first time that a court has is­sued or­ders to ar­rest Zia, cur­rently on a visit to Lon­don where her son lives, but po­lice have not acted on pre­vi­ous war­rants.

Po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tist Ataur Rah­man said he be­lieved this time could be dif­fer­ent.

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