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Khaleda Zia’s conviction makes global headlines

  • Published at 04:16 PM February 08, 2018
  • Last updated at 04:20 PM February 08, 2018
Khaleda Zia’s conviction makes global headlines
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia arives in court on February 8, 2018 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

She has been handed down a five-year imprisonment term for corruption

The conviction of former prime minister Khaleda Zia in a corruption case has been covered widely by major news outlets across the globe.

She and five others, including her son Tarique Rahman, were found guilty of embezzling Tk2.1 crore received in charity for an orphanage.

Khaleda was sentenced to five years in jail while the rest were handed down 10-year imprisonment.

‘Bangladesh ex-PM Khaleda Zia guilty of corruption’ was the BBC’s headline while Al Jazeera ran it as ‘Khaleda Zia jailed for five years in corruption case’.

Major newspapers and agencies including the AFP, AP, Xinhua, Hindustan Times and NDTV also covered the incident.

#KhaledaZia and #ZiaOrphanageTrust were trending on social media.

The former prime minister will not be able to contest the upcoming national election scheduled for December unless the subordinate court’s verdict is overturned by the High Court.

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