[Cross posted in Unheard Voices]

Mrs Khaleda Zia, an ex prime minister of Bangladesh for more than ten years, opposition leader for nearly 11 years, head of government’s wife for about five years, has been arrested this morning. After her bail petition got rejected she was sent to a subjail in the parliament premises. Also arrested was Khaleda and late president Ziaur Rahman’s younger son, Arafat Rahmahn Coco, who was sent to seven days remand.

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This is the main news in BBC website.

This was reported at BDnews24.com,

Dhaka, Sept 3 (bdnews24.com) – A Dhaka court Monday refused bail to Khaleda Zia and ordered her into jail after security forces arrested the former prime minister early morning.

The court of metropolitan magistrate ABM Abdul Fattah remanded the BNP chief’s younger son Arafat Rahman Coco, arrested shortly after 7:30am along with her, in custody for seven days for questioning.

Khaleda would be kept in a special jail on the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban premises that also houses another makeshift prison where former prime minister Sheikh Hasina has been detained since July 16.

Personal staffers for Khaleda’s family, Yusuf and Amir, were also taken to court.

Khaleda arrived in court in sari and sunglasses and Coco was in jeans and T-shirt.

Security officials battled chaos in front of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court for Dhaka.

The embattled former prime minister was driven away from her cantonment home to court in a Nissan Patrol car (Dhaka Metro Gha: 02-3327) in a security bubble.Coco was in a different car.

The move came hours after the Anticorruption Commission filed a corruption case against 13 people, including the former prime minister and the younger son.

Lawyers who defended Khaleda and her son in court were Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan, Sanaullah Miah, Masud Ahmed Talukder, Lutfe Alam and Khorshed Alam.

Prosecution officer Abdur Rashid represented the ACC in court.

Police and RAB officers and intelligence agents swarmed the road to the Shaheed Mainul Road residence of the BNP chief.

Another group of lawyers, led by Barrister Mahbubuddin Khokan, tried to push their way into court, but RAB officers stopped them, sparking an angry exchange of words.

Security officers put in place a huge security arrangement on the road to the CMM’s Court, but a huge crowd seemed to have stretched it.

Earlier in an exclusive phone interview with bdnews24.com a couple of hours before the arrest, Khaleda said: “I’m not afraid of arrest. People are with me. The case against me is false.”

Khaleda faces allegations of having a role in shady appointment of a private handling company, Global Agro Trade Company as a contractor for the Inland Container Depot in Kamalapur and Chittagong Port Container Terminal.

The ACC alleged that Khaleda used her influence illegally as prime minister in the appointment of the contractor.

In the build-up to the arrest, scores of security officers in plainclothes drove into Dhaka cantonment before dawn, as the arrest of the BNP chairperson loomed in the horizon.

Plainclothes officers arrived at the house at around 5:15am and asked Khaleda and Coco to “get ready” in a clear indication of arrest, house staffer Ruhul Amin told bdnews24.com at 5:40am.

At least 10 cars in the first batch drove into the cantonment shortly after 5am, followed by another convoy of up to 25 cars, witnesses reported from the scene.

In the rare interview with bdnews24.com, Khaleda said: “Against the BNP, there was a conspiracy in the past. Still there is. I hope BNP leaders and workers stay united.”

“I worked for people all my life. I’m passing the burden of justice to people as well. Please pray for me,” Khaleda told bdnews24.com by phone from home.

In another developement Khaleda expelled the estraged secretary of the party Mr Mannan Bhuiyan. Khandkar Delowar Hossain is tipped to be the successor of Mannan Bhuiyan. Brig Gen Hannan Shah will work as acting Chair while Khaleda specifically mentioned the name of Goyeswar Chandra Roy as the special advisor to the new GS and the acting president.


A significant number of people have been blaming two main political leaders for all the vice of Bangladesh. Now as both the causes of the all the evil are effectively contained in jail cells, so a sun of eternal lasting peace is supposed to rise in the horizon today. People should start living in immense joy, peace and happyness. Nomore there should be any chaos, corruption, poverty, lawlessness, hunger, crime in this country. There would be everlasting peace.