Published:  03:05 AM, 15 March 2019

Khaleda challenges High Court verdict

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday filed an appeal with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court challenging the High Court verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

On behalf of Khaleda Zia her lawyer Kaisar Kamal filed the petition in the morning. In the petition, Khaleda prayed to the apex court to suspend her punishment and grant her bail in the case. The Appellate Division is yet to fix any date for hearing the petition.

She also sought bail and a stay order on the effectiveness of her punishment in the petition. Barrister Kaisar Kamal said, "The lower court sentenced Khaleda Zia to five years in jail in the case, but the High Court unfairly passed an order doubling the jail term in the case.

So, we filed an appeal petition seeking her bail and stay order on the effectiveness of her punishment.On January 28, the High Court released the full text of its verdict doubling the jail term of Khaleda Zia in the graft case to 10 years from five years.

Later on October 30, 2018, the HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman extended Khaleda Zia's jail term. On February 8, 2018, a special court convicted Khaleda and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the much-talked-about Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

Five other accused in the case, including her son and BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman, were sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment each. The court also fined the five accused Tk 2.10 crore each. The ailing BNP chief has been in jail since February 8, 2018.

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