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Khaleda files appeal challenging Zia Orphanage Trust graft case verdict

Staff Correspondent

14 March 2019,Thursday, 12:40

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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today filed an appeal with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court challenging the High Court verdict against her in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

Barrister Kaisar Kamal filed the petition in the morning on behalf of the former prime minister.

In the petition, Khaleda also sought bail and a stay order on the effectiveness of her punishment.

“The lower court sentenced Khaleda Zia to five years in jail in the case but the High Court doubled her jail term unfairly. So, we filed an appeal petition today seeking her bail and stay order on the effectiveness of her punishment,” Barrister Kamal told reporters.

On January 28, the High Court released the full text of its verdict doubling the jail term of Khaleda Zia in the graft case to 10 years from five years.

On October 30, 2018, the HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman extended the BNP chief’s jail term.

On February 8, 2018, a special court convicted Khaleda Zia and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the much-talked-about Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

Five other accused in the case, including her son and BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman, were sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment each. The court also fined the five accused Tk 2.10 crore each.

Later on March 12 last year, the BNP chief secured four months' bail from the High Court in the case and moved to the court challenging her conviction on February 19. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) had sought extension of her jail term to life term imprisonment.

The ACC filed the case against Khaleda and others with Ramna Police Station on July 3, 2008 accusing them of misappropriating Tk 2.1 crore in donations meant for a trust setup in her husband’s name.

The ailing 73-year-old BNP chief has been in jail since February 8, 2018.


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