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Khaleda Zia released

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Staff Reporter: BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia released from jail on Wednesday afternoon. She released 25 months after landing in jail on February 8, 2018 in a graft case. The BNP chief walked out of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, where she was being treated, around 4:15pm. She was being taken to her Gulshan residence. The government on Tuesday announced that it has taken decision to release BNP chairperson from jail on humanitarian grounds suspending her sentence for six months. On October 30, 2018, the High Court raised her punishment to 10 years after dismissing her appeal. The BNP chief landed in after a special court sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. Later in that year, the High Court raised her punishment to 10 years after dismissing her appeal.
The same special court jailed Khaleda Zia and three others for seven years in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case on October 29, 2018.
Khaleda Zia’s bail petition has been rejected by three times in the HC and the Supreme Court once in this case.

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