Bangladesh ex-PM Khaleda Zia gets 5 years jail in corruption case

02:25 PM | 8 Feb, 2018
Bangladesh ex-PM Khaleda Zia gets 5 years jail in corruption case
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DHAKA - A special court in Bangladesh on Thursday handed five-year imprisonment to former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia for embezzling money through a charitable trust fund.

The court convicted the opposition leader of embezzling 21 million taka ($252,000) in foreign donation for the Zia Orphanage Trust. The prosecutors have pleaded the court to sentenced the two-time prime minister to life term.

However, Zia, 72, denied the allegation of misusing international funds donated to the trust.

In the same case, Khaleda’s son Tarique Rahman and four others -  former Magura MP Quazi Salimul Haq Kamal, former principal secretary to the PM Kamal Uddin Siddique, BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s nephew Mominur Rahman and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed - have been sentenced to 10 years in jail.

Police had imposed a ban on holding protests, besides arresting numbers of her supporters during a crackdown on Wednesday night, ahead of the verdict.

After the conviction, Zia will no longer be able to take part in elections going to be held in December this year. The decision may help Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to get the next term.