Khaleda Zia challenges Charitable Trust verdict

Khaleda Zia challenges Charitable Trust verdict

Dhaka, Nov 18 (Just News): BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia has moved the High Court against seven years jail term in the Zia Charitable Trust case.

Her counsel Nawshad Jamir has confirmed that an appeal seeking her acquittal has been filed with the court on Sunday.

Earlier on 29 October, a Special Court-5 pronounced the verdict sentencing her to seven years imprisonment in her absence when she was then undergoing treatment at Bangbandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) under a special medical board formed by the government.

The court also fined her Tk 1 million, in default, to suffer six months more in jail.

The court also ordered confiscation of the 42-katha land bought against the trust’s name.

On 8 August 2011, the ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust case with Tejgaon police station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.

The former prime minister has been serving five years’ rigorous imprisonment at the abandoned central jail at Nazimuddin Road, as she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust case on 8 February last.