A Bangladeshi court ruled on Monday opposition leader and former prime minister Khaleda Zia for another seven years in prison…
A Bangladeshi court ruled on Monday opposition leader and former prime minister Khaleda Zia for another seven years in prison of corruption charges, as her supporters say, politically motivated.
Judge Md Akhtaruzaman found her on Monday guilty of abuse of power as prime minister to raise $ 375,000 for the Zia Charitable Trust Fund from unknown sources in a court in Dhaka.
Zia was absent from court because she is currently hospitalized while serving a five-year imprisonment in a separate case. She was sentenced to five years for forgiveness to a orphanage.
The judge also sentenced three others to seven years in jail each to collect money from undeclared sources for the trust named after Zia’s late husband and former president Ziaur Rahman. 1
9659005] In February, Tarique Rahman, Zi’s oldest son and heiress, and four others were sentenced to 10 years in the case.
Earlier this month, Rahman was sentenced to life-long prison over a fatal attack from 2004 [19459003 Rahman, the acting president of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), has lived in exile in London since 2008.  BNP has accused the ruling Awami League party of pushing a political vendetta against GDP management before Parliament’s elections by the end of the year.