Dhaka: Bangladesh’s ex-premier and opposition BNP chief Khaleda Zia was today sentenced to five years in jail in a corruption case.She was sentenced by the Special Court-5 in the capital. She is sentenced in connection with embezzlement of 21 million takas (USD 252,000) in foreign donations meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust.Zia is a 72 year old politician.
In the same case, her son Tarique Rahman and four others have been sentenced to 10 years in jail. The high court earlier validated the trial in the lower court which on March 19, 2014 had indicted Zia on two graft charges brought by the Anti-Corruption Commission .
Ex- Bangladeshi Prime Minister lost her lost her last ditch effort to evade the graft trial as the Supreme Court turned down her second ‘leave to appeal’ petition challenging her indictment and asked her to face trial in the lower court in 2014.
The ACC alleged that the two charities, the other being the Zia Charitable Trust, existed only on paper and a huge amount of money was misappropriated in the name of the two organisations while Zia was premier during the BNP’s 2001-2006 government.