Khaleda Zia’s family has applied for conditional release
Relatives of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia have requested to continue the suspension of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s jail sentence.
They filed a request to the Home Ministry in this regard Sunday, 11 September, said BNP Chairperson’s press wing member Shairul Kabir Khan.
Earlier on Saturday, Law Minister Anisul Huq had said that the government will extend the suspension of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s jail sentence in two corruption cases if her family files any petition.
Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the government freed Khaleda Zia from jail for six months through an executive order suspending her sentence on 25 March 2020.
The government extended her conditional release from jail in the two corruption cases several times.
The former prime minister was sent to Old Dhaka Central Jail after she was sentenced to five years imprisonment by a special court in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on 8 February 2018.
She was sentenced in a second corruption case later.
The 76-year-old BNP chief has been staying at her Gulshan residence since her release from jail. A special team of physicians has been overseeing her treatment.
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Shahabuddin Chuppu set to become BD next President
Former chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Muhammad Shahabuddin Chuppu is set to become the 22nd President of Bangladesh.
Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina have nominated former ACC commissioner Shahabuddin Chuppu as the party’s presidential candidate.
On behalf of Shahabuddin Chuppu, a delegation of the party led by its General Secretary Obaidul Quader submitted the nomination paper to the Election Commission secretariat on Sunday (February 12) morning.
Freedom fighter Shahabuddin Chuppu is the AL’s advisory council member.
Today is the last day for submitting the nomination papers to Election Commission (EC) for the Presidential election.
Scrutiny of nomination papers will take place on February 13 from 10 am, while nomination papers can be withdrawn till 4 pm on February 14.
The 22nd Presidential election will be held from 2 pm to 5 pm on February 19 in the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) complex.
The President may hold office for five years from the date of assumption of office.
Incumbent President M Abdul Hamid assumed office on April 24, 2018. Accordingly, his five-year tenure will end on April 23, 2023.
Pakistan Former President Pervez Musharraf passes away
Former president of Pakistan and Army chief Pervez Musharraf passed away at a private hospital in Dubai.
Musharraf, 79, had been undergoing treatment for an ailment at the American hospital in Dubai. Musharraf, four-star general of the Pakistan Army, became the tenth president of Pakistan after a military takeover of the government in 1999. He was chief executive of Pakistan from October 1999 to November 2002 and president from June 2001 to August 2008.
The former military ruler had been suffering from the rare disease amyloidosis, caused by a build-up of an abnormal protein called amyloid in organs and tissues.
AL Lawmaker Haji Salim freed on Bail
Awami League (AL) lawmaker Haji Salim walked out of jail on Tuesday. The deputy jailer of Dhaka central prison Abdus Selim confirmed the matter to the Bangladesh news media.
Haji Salim was in the prison cell of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
A team, led by the deputy jailer Abdus Selim with papers pertaining to bail order went to BSMMU on Tuesday around 1:00 pm. Hundreds of leaders and activists of ruling party welcomed him at the entrance of BSMMU with floral garland.
Earlier on 6 December, the Appellate Division of Supreme Court granted bail to Haji Salim, accepting his leave-to-appeal petition against the High Court (HC) verdict upholding the 10 years of imprisonment in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) over amassing wealth beyond known sources.
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