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Bangladesh SC rejects Zia's plea to halt graft case verdict

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Dhaka, Oct 29: Bangladesh's Supreme Court cleared the way for a lower court to deliver its verdict on Monday in a graft case against imprisoned ex-prime minister and main opposition BNP chief Khaleda Zia, rejecting her plea to halt the proceedings.

The apex court rejected a leave-to-appeal petition filed by Zia challenging the High Court judgement that allowed a lower court to continue trial in the graft case in her absence.

"The Appellate Division (of the Supreme Court) with Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain cleared the way for the court concerned to go on with the trial proceedings," a spokesman for Attorney General’s office said.

"The court concerned is to pronounce its verdict today," he said.

The court on September 20 decided to continue the trial inside the old Dhaka central jail in Zia's absence.

The 73-year-old former premier on September 27 filed a revision petition with the High Court (HC) challenging the court's September 20 order.

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