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Khaleda Zia jailed for five years in corruption case

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Khaleda Zia jailed for five years in corruption case

By Faisal Mahmud.

Dhaka, Bangladesh – A court in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, has sentenced former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to five years in jail in a corruption case.

Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Court-5 on Thursday sentenced the two-time former prime minister to rigorous imprisonment. He read out some selective parts of the 632-page verdict.

“The verdict proves no one is above the law,” Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Haque said after the verdict that was announced amid tight security.

Zia, the chairperson of the country’s main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), along with five others, was accused of embezzlement of funds meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust.

Tarique Rahman, Zia’s elder son and believed to be her political heir, and four others were given 10 years in the politically significant case ahead of the general elections due to be held in December.

Rahman, the vice chairman of the BNP, has been living in London for the past nine years.

All six were accused of embezzling over Tk 21 million ($252,000) from foreign donations intended for a charity named after former president Ziaur Rahman, Zia’s husband.

The four others who were also given 10 year jail-term are former lawmaker Quazi Salimul Haq, former principal secretary to Zia, Kamal Uddin Siddique, Zia’s nephew Mominur Rahman and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed.


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