Arrest warrant against ex-Bangla PM Khaleda Zia

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Dhaka: An arrest warrant was issued against Bangladesh ex-PM Khaleda Zia on Wednesday. The warrant was issued in connection to a couple of graft cases after she failed to appear in court for the fourth time.

Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadder issued the decision in a makeshift court in the nation’s capital, Dhaka, after he refused a bail plea by the defense, which sought more time, saying Zia was sick and concerned over her security because of ongoing political unrest.

It was not clear immediately whether Zia will soon be arrested. The court order will go to a police station where the cases were registered.

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The charges involved an alleged illegal fund used to buy land for a charity named after Zia’s late husband, former President Ziaur Rahman.

Zia’s lawyers have rejected allegations that Zia had illegally collected more than $1 million in donations for the charity. Zia says the charges are politically motivated, which authorities have denied.