Charitable trust graft case: HC accepts Khaleda’s appeal

Charitable trust graft case: HC accepts Khaleda’s appeal

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. File photo

Dhaka, Apr 30 : The High Court on Tuesday accepted BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s appeal challenging her conviction in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.

The bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice SM Kuddus Zaman also stayed a Tk 10 lakh fine imposed by the subordinate court.

Former prime minister Khaleda was sentenced to seven years in jail for corruption on October 29 last year.

The High Court bench also ordered a status quo on the subordinate court’s order to confiscate a 42-katha land bought in the trust’s name. It also ordered the court to send all the files within two months.

“After receiving the files, the court will hear her bail petition,” said Khaleda’s lawyer Barrister Kaiser Kamal.

The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case with Tejgaon police on August 8, 2011, accusing four people, including Khaleda, of abusing power to raise funds for the trust from unknown sources.

The BNP claims that the case is politically motivated and accuses the government of plotting to keep the former prime minister out of politics. The government denies the charges.

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