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.

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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.

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.

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