Khaleda's jail term in Orphanage graft case extended to 10yrs
Published : 30 Oct 2018, 11:54:15
The High Court has extended the jail term of BNP chief Khaleda Zia to 10 years from five years in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
A two-member HC bench, led by Justice Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman, pronounced the verdict on Tuesday.
The court delivered the verdict after accepting a revision petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) seeking enhancement of the punishment of the BNP chief and dismissing the appeal of Khaleda, Kazi Saleemul Huq and Sharfuddin Ahmed are challenging the lower court verdict against them..
BSS: “The court accepted our plea and enhanced her sentence to a 10-year imprisonment. At this moment we can say that she (Khaleda) will not be able to contest the next general election,” ACC counsel Khurshid Alam Khan told newsmen.
Dhaka special judge court-5 on February 8 sentenced the BNP leader to five-year imprisonment and other five accused including her “fugitive” elder son and BNP’s senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman, to a 10-year imprisonment each.
The court also fined them Taka 2.10 crore. “All of the accused played an identical role in the crime. But her (Khaleda’s) jail term was brought down a bit considering her age and social status,” the court said in its judgment.
The other convicts are former lawmaker Kazi Salimul Haque Kamal, businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, Dr Kamal Uddin Siddiqui, and her nephew Mominur Rahman.
After the judgement, Khaleda, Kazi Salimul Haque Kamal and Sarfuddin Ahmed, three convicts, who are now behind the bars, filed appeals against their conviction. The ACC too filed a revision plea to enhance Khaleda’s sentence. The HC today came up with the order, rejecting pleas of the three convicts.