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Khaleda Zia’s conviction makes global headlines

  • Published at 04:16 pm February 8th, 2018
  • Last updated at 04:20 pm February 8th, 2018
Khaleda Zia’s conviction makes global headlines
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.