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Khaleda files appeal against Zia Orphanage case verdict, hearing Thursday

  • Published at 03:26 pm February 20th, 2018
  • Last updated at 05:56 pm February 20th, 2018
Khaleda files appeal against Zia Orphanage case verdict, hearing Thursday
Lawyers of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia have filed an appeal with the High Court challenging her sentence in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. Barrister Kaiser Kamal, law affairs secretary of BNP, said they filed the appeal around 3:30pm on Tuesday. The court then fixed Thursday to hear the appeal after it was placed before the bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim, he said. The BNP lawyers would also file a petition with the High Court seeking Khaleda's bail on Thursday.
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After receiving the 1,174-page certified copy of the verdict, BNP Standing Committee Member and one of Khaleda's counsels Moudud Ahmed said they will try to file the appeal and seek bail for her as early as possible. On February 8, a special court of Dhaka read out a 632-page summarised version of the verdict, convicting the former prime minister and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the graft case. She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city. Five others, including Khaleda’s son Tarique Rahman, were also sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and fined Tk2.1 crore each.