2 Arrest Warrants Issued Against Khaleda Zia

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Dhaka: Two arrest warrants were issued on Thursday against Bangladesh’s Opposition leader and former premier Khaleda Zia after she failed to attend court hearings in graft and defamation cases, a move her lawyer said was a “ploy by the government” to stop her from returning home from London.

The first warrant was issued by Dhaka Metropolitan magistrate. She failed to appear before the court even though the court had asked her repeatedly to attend today s hearing in the case. Zia, 72, is currently in London on a private tour.

The second warrant was issued by Dhaka’s Fifth Special Judge’s Court issued within an hour after the first one as she evaded appearance in a corruption case involving embezzlement of funds of an orphanage named after her husband and slain president Ziaur Rahman.

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