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Bangladesh HC grants bail to 5 BNP leaders

Dhaka: The High Court here today granted bail to five senior leaders of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) nearly 11 weeks after they were arrested amid political turmoil over the January 5 election which was
PTI January 21, 2014 17:41 IST
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Dhaka: The High Court here today granted bail to five senior leaders of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) nearly 11 weeks after they were arrested amid political turmoil over the January 5 election which was eventually boycotted by the main opposition party.  

Members of BNP's highest policy making standing committee Moudud Ahmed, Rafiqul Islam Miah and MK Anwar and party chief Khaleda Zia's adviser Abdul Awal Mintoo and her special assistant Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas were granted bail on a defence plea.

Ahmed, Anwar and Miah were detained in front of a Sonargaon hotel on November 8 last year while Mintoo and Shimul were nabbed from outside Zia's Gulshan residence a few hours later on the same day soon after the opposition alliance called a nationwide 72-hour strike.