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Khaleda Zia's British lawyer denied entry into India

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 12, 2018, 08.36 AM (IST)

India on Wednesday night did not allow entry to British national and lawyer Lord Alexander Carlile, a counsel for former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia after he landed at Delhi airport on the grounds that he did not have a valid visa and his intended activity was "incompatible" with the purpose of his visit.

The Ministry of External Affairs’ official spokesperson said, “Lord Alexander Carlile, a British national, arrived in New Delhi on July 11, 2018, without having obtained the appropriate Indian visa. His intended activity in India was incompatible with the purpose of his visit as mentioned in his visa application. It was therefore decided to deny him entry into India upon arrival.”

Carlile is one of the international lawyers, who has been engaged by Zia’s party to defend her and her son Tareq Zia, in corruption cases. He was expected to address the media on Thursday afternoon in a hotel in Delhi.

The Ministry of External Affairs’ official spokesperson said, “Lord Alexander Carlile, a British national, arrived in New Delhi on July 11, 2018, without having obtained the appropriate Indian visa. His intended activity in India was incompatible with the purpose of his visit as mentioned in his visa application. It was therefore decided to deny him entry into India upon arrival.”

Carlile is one of the international lawyers, who has been engaged by Zia’s party to defend her and her son Tareq Zia, in corruption cases.

He was scheduled to hold a press conference along with Khaleda's legal team and members of the top brass of the BNP at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of South Asia in New Delhi on July 13, where he was expected to discuss his client Khaleda Zia's jail sentence in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.

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