BNP lawyers have finally received the certified copy of the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case verdict that has sent the party's Chairperson Khaleda Zia to jail.
Her lawyer Sanaullah Miah received the copy from Bench Assistant of Dhaka's Special Court 5 Md Mokkaram Hossain around 4:15pm on Monday.
“Our senior lawyers will examine the verdict and then appeal to the High Court,” Sanaullah told reporters afterwards. “But I cannot say for sure whether that will happen on Tuesday. But we will try our best to file the appeal and the bail plea.”
“If we cannot appeal tomorrow, then we will file it on Thursday,” he added.
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Khaleda Zia's lawyer Sanaullah Miah receives the certified copy of the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case verdict from court officials on Sunday, February 19, 2018 | Dhaka Tribune
The lawyer also said that the court had delivered the verdict without preparing the full text of the judgment. “That is why it has taken time to release it.”
The 1,174-page verdict contains six pages of order sentencing Khaleda to five years imprisonment. Five others were also jailed for 10 years and fined Tk2.1 crore each.
Since February 8, when a special court delivered the verdict, BNP has been trying to get the certified copy of the judgment.
Mosharraf Hossain Kajol, lawyer for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) that filed the case in 2008, also received a certified copy around 4:40pm Monday from the court officials.
“I will deliver this to the ACC now. I do not know what the commission will decide after examining the verdict. I will do my job even if the commission decides to appeal for increasing Khaleda Zia’s prison terms,” he told reporters.
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ACC lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajol receives the certified copy of the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case verdict from court officials on Monday, February 19, 2018 | Dhaka Tribune
Earlier in the day, Sanaullah told reporters that he had applied for the certified copy on Sunday. "After getting the copy, we will try and file an appeal with the High Court and Khaleda Zia's bail plea on Tuesday."
According to case documents, ACC filed the case at Ramna police station on July 3, 2008, against Khaleda, her son Tarique Rahman and four others for embezzling over Tk2.1 crore by forming an eyewash establishment named Zia Orphanage Trust.