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Khaleda should get life term, state pleads in graft case

  • Published at 09:58 am October 24th, 2018
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File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Khaleda has been held at Dhaka Central Jail since February 8, when Dhaka Special Judge Court-5 sentenced her to five years in prison

Jailed BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia should be sentenced to life imprisonment for her part in the Zia Orphanage graft case, the state and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) pleaded yesterday.

The anti-graft body and state prosecutors made the plea while taking part in the hearing on the appeals filed to increase the punishment of the BNP chief, reports BSS.

Khaleda has been held at Dhaka Central Jail since February 8, when Dhaka Special Judge Court-5 sentenced her to five years in prison.

“We have concluded our hearing on appeals to increase Khaleda Zia’s punishment challenging the lower court conviction,” ACC counsel Khurshid Alam Khan told reporters. 

“The maximum punishment in this graft case is life imprisonment. We have pleaded to sentence her to life term imprisonment.” 

The defence team walked out of court on Tuesday after Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md. Mostafizur Rahman cancelled their plea for time to take part in the hearing. The court set Wednesday to pass the order.

Dhaka Special Judge Court-5 also sentenced five other accused, including Khaleda’s eldest son and the BNP acting chairman, Tarique Rahman, to 10 years in prison.

The other accused are former lawmaker Kazi Salimul Haque Kamal, businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, Dr Kamal Uddin Siddiqui, and Khaleda’s nephew Mominur Rahman.

Of the six, only three including Khaleda are in jail, while three others including Tarique are yet to be arrested.