Ex-Bangladesh PM Zia jailed for 5 yrs for corruption

Ex-Bangla PM Khaleda Zia sentenced to 5 years in graft case

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda, both related to former national leaders, have nursed a long and bitter rivalry as they have dominated politics in poverty-stricken Bangladesh for more than two decades.

Ahead of the hearing, police fired tear gas at thousands of opposition activists who defied heavy security to escort the auto taking Zia to court.

She was convicted of embezzling $248,154 (£178,000) in donations meant for an orphanage trust established when she was prime minister from 2001-2006.

Her son, Tarique Rahman, and four others were jailed for 10 years at the end of a case that lasted almost 10 years.

Zia's supporters clashed with police and blocked roads in Dhaka in the wake of the verdict.

More news: White House Admits Fault In Rob Porter Domestic Abuse Case

The verdict could bar 72-year-old Zia from running in the general elections as the country's constitution prohibits a convicted person sentenced to over two years from participating.

Police set up checkpoints at main entrances to Dhaka to prevent thousands of rural supporters of BNP and its allies from marching to the capital.

The possibility of the absence of Khaleda from the political amphitheatre may be significant for the BNP as political parties in Bangladesh - except the Jamaat-e-Islami, which is a religion-based political outfit - can not survive without faces.

"As the prosecution has been able to prove the charges against Begum Khaleda Zia, [this court] hands her down, under section 409 and 109 of the Bangladesh Penal Code, five years imprisonment", Judge Akhtaruzzaman told the court. Zia's chief counsel Khandakar Mahbub Hossain termed the verdict "dictated" and said, "It failed to reflect the truth".

"The ruling [Awami League] party has curbed the rights to protest, banned processions, in an administrative order as it is more frightened than we are over the verdict", she said.

More news: John Oliver warns Meghan Markle about joining 'fundamentally flawed' royal family

Bangladeshi police have clashed with thousands of protesters after opposition leader Khaleda Zia was jailed.

The lawyer, who is the joint secretary of the BNP-backed Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum, said: "After we file the appeal, the higher court will hold hearings on it and pass a verdict". Anticipating blockades and protests, the government had detained several senior BNP leaders, while several others have gone into hiding.

Zia, 72, and Hasina, 70, are known as the "Battling Begums" for their bitter rivalry that has poisoned Bangladeshi politics for almost three decades.

Hasina, during a public rally at Bangabandhu Udyan in the southwestern coastal city of Barisal, said: "Khaleda Zia looted public property when she was in power. she burnt to death over 500 people and injured over 3,000 when she was in opposition in a demonstration of extreme brutality". "As per the Constitution, a person can not contest the national polls if he or she is sentenced to jail for two years or more".

Asif Nazrul, Professor of law at Dhaka University, calls it "a controversial verdict".

More news: Oil prices fall as United States output soars above 10 million bpd

Related News:

  • Quay Walker throws Tennessee hat to floor, picks Georgia

    Quay Walker throws Tennessee hat to floor, picks Georgia

    Georgia flipped four-star linebacker Quay Walker from his Alabama commitment to the Bulldogs on National Signing Day. This year marks the first time since 2010 that a school other than Alabama will have the No. 1 class in the country.
    Kane is Europe's best admits Wenger, despite derby tension

    Kane is Europe's best admits Wenger, despite derby tension

    Kane has more than taken revenge with a fine record against Arsenal, scoring six goals in seven North London derbies . Take a look through the gallery above to see how Arsenal could line up against Tottenham .
    Internet rights advocate John Perry Barlow dies at 70

    Internet rights advocate John Perry Barlow dies at 70

    Early internet rights advocate John Perry Barlow died on Wednesday at the age of 70 , according to colleagues, CNN reports. Other credits include Fellow Emeritus at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, poet and essayist.
  • Salma Hayek gives Oprah new horrifying details about Harvey Weinstein's behavior

    Salma Hayek gives Oprah new horrifying details about Harvey Weinstein's behavior

    Hayek on set and this comment does not reflect how he feels about her; he doesn't recall ever saying such an bad thing. Nobody cares about what I have to say, already other people said it.' That's the other thing, that was the next step.
    Dalai Lama saddened by quake deaths in Taiwan

    Dalai Lama saddened by quake deaths in Taiwan

    They sent the rescue teams scurrying from the building, only for them to return a little later and resume their grim task. Firefighters could be seen climbing ladders hoisted against windows as they sought to reach residents inside apartments.
    Senators scrutinize author of Trump-Russia dossier

    Senators scrutinize author of Trump-Russia dossier

    Steele's personal credibility and presumably having faith in his process of obtaining the information", it continues. It also confirmed that the Russian Federation investigation didn't start with the Steele dossier.
  • Clear evidence Russia meddled in 2016 US election, says George W. Bush

    Clear evidence Russia meddled in 2016 US election, says George W. Bush

    U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election to help Trump win. He added: " It's problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election system".
    Pixel users sue Google over microphone defects

    Pixel users sue Google over microphone defects

    Further, Google has also stated that the phone's custom-made image processing unit will be accessible to third-party apps. Additionally, the faulty components rendered the much-touted Google Assistant AI helper useless.
    Gilead Sciences Tops Fourth-Quarter Sales, Earnings Views

    Gilead Sciences Tops Fourth-Quarter Sales, Earnings Views

    It also upped Lyondellbasell Industries Nv (NYSE:LYB) stake by 17,656 shares and now owns 52,316 shares. (NASDAQ:CAR). The company was maintained on Tuesday, July 25 by Cowen & Co. (NYSE:AN) on Monday, October 31 to "Neutral" rating.
  • Are There North Koreans at the Winter Olympics?

    Are There North Koreans at the Winter Olympics?

    The fact that YouTube has shut down some North Korea propaganda channels may make it even harder to get imagery of the parade. But North Korean athletes won't have the fun of taking selfies and filming their time in the South with the Samsung phone.
    FBI Text Messages Indicate Obama's Interest in Investigation

    FBI Text Messages Indicate Obama's Interest in Investigation

    Page then described preparing former FBI director James Comey to brief Obama on the details of a particular investigation. Days later, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz told Congress that his office had recovered those messages.


Most liked





Most Commented