Former Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia sentenced for five years

Former Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia sentenced for five years

Accordin to a report published in The Hindu, The Bangladesh Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to jail for five years in a 10-year-old graft case.

The court also sentenced her son, Tarique Rahman, to jail for five years. He is residing in London.

Among others convicted are former Bangladesh Nationalist Party MP Quazi Salimul Haq Kamal; former Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Kamal Uddin Siddique; and two others, including a businessman.

Ms. Zia had denied the charges.

The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case, accusing Ms. Zia and the five others of misappropriating over 2.1 crore Bangladeshi Taka [₹1.6 crore] that had come from a foreign bank as grants for orphans.

There are more than 30 cases, including cases related to fund misappropriation, against Ms. Zia and other BNP leaders.

She was Bangladesh’s Prime Minister for two terms — 1991-1996 and 2001-2006.


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