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B’desh court defers hearing of Khaleda’s petitions

B’desh court defers hearing of Khaleda’s petitions
The High Court bench of Justices Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Md. Khasruzzaman ordered the postponement on Thursday, reported.

The petitions, asking for a change of judge and stay on the arrest warrant, will come up on the court's cause list on March 12.

The cases were being tried by Dhaka's Third Special Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar.

Khaleda moved the High Court on January 28 with two no-confidence pleas against the judge.

Earlier, she had challenged the validity of the appointment of the judge and his right to frame charges.

The High Court scrapped both of them. Dhaka's Third Special Judges Court issued an arrest warrant aginst the BNP chief on February 25 after she failed to turn up on several consecutive hearings.
Her lawyers asked the High Court for a stay on the warrants on Tuesday.

They also asked the trial court for withdrawal of the warrant, but the court on Wednesday only included the pleas to the case documents and the warrant stood valid.

The High Court bench did not hear the pleas. The government and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) said that a specific bench was there to hear ACC cases in the High Court and the hearing should be held there.

They also said that as the arrest warrant has been issued, Khaleda is now a fugitive and does not have the right to ask for legal intervention.

“We have raised our points in court. The bench heard them. No hearing has been held on Khaleda Zia's pleas. It would come up on the cause list next Thursday. We will see then if they would be heard here,” said ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam.

“The two petitions for change of judge were the key ones here. Since the cases in question were under the ACC act, they cannot be heard here. We told the court that the pleas are not acceptable as she is in hiding,” prosecution lawyer Mamtaz Uddin Fakir said.

21 injured in arson attacks

At least 21 people were injured in overnight arson attacks on buses and trucks hours after a court here upheld the arrest warrant issued against opposition leader Khaleda Zia and called her a “fugitive”, renewing tension in the volatile Bangladesh. As many as 11 people suffered serious burn injuries as suspected opposition activists hurled petrol bombs on a bus at midnight in northeastern Kishorganj.


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