Bangladesh: Arrest warrant against Opposition leader Khaleda Zia in rioting case

WION Web Team Dhaka, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh Oct 09, 2017, 12.28 PM(IST)

File photo of Khalida Zia. Image source: Wikimedia Commons Photograph:( Others )

A Bangladesh court on Monday issued an arrest warrant against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia who is the main Opposition leader and a former prime minister of the country. The arrest warrant was issued in connection with the 2015 agitation against the government by a 20-party alliance led by BNP. 

Eight were killed on the spot in a petrol bomb attack on bus passengers by alleged activists of the 20-party alliance during the agitation. 

Arrest warrants were also issued against the BNP politicians Rafiqul Islam Mia, MK Anwar, party standing committee vice-chairman Shawkat Mahmud and senior joint secretary Rizvi Ahmed. 

Bangladesh newspaper, The Daily Star, quoted public prosecutor Mostafizur Rahman Liton as stating that judge Jesmeen Begum of Comilla district and sessions court passed the order. 
Police recently filed charges against 78 BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami politicians and party workers. The case was filed on February 3, 2015. 

Zia, however, is said to be in London with her son, and senior politicians of her party apparently expressed ignorance about the date she is expected to return to Bangladesh. Bangladesh daily Prothom Alo quoted ABM Abdus Sattar, Zia's personal secretary, as claiming that she may return to Dhaka by the third week of this month. Sattar is also currently living in London, United Kingdom. 

"Her treatment is yet to be done. We hope she will return home after her treatment by the end of October," Prothom Alo quoted the telephone conversation with Abdus Sattar on Thursday. 

Zia is in London since July 15.  

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