Zia Orphanage Trust graft
Khaleda appeals against HC verdict
Published : Friday, 15 March, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 552
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday filed a leave to appeal petition with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) challenging the High Court (HC) verdict that enhanced her five-year jail term to 10 years in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
"Apart from staying the sentence, the BNP chief also pleaded for bail in the case. We hope hearing on the plea will be held soon," Khaleda's counsel Barrister Kayser Kamal said.
Citing the petition Kaisar Kamal said, "Khaleda did not commit any corruption. Despite the fact, the lower court sentenced her to five years in jail in the case. Later, the High Court unfairly, unjustly and unreasonably doubled her jail term without adequately hearing ourt arguments."
Dhaka special judge court-5 on February 8, 2018, sentenced the BNP leader to five-year imprisonment and other five accused including her fugitive elder son and BNP's senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman, to a 10-year imprisonment each.
The other convicts are former lawmaker Kazi Salimul Haque Kamal, businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, Dr Kamal Uddin Siddiqui, and her nephew Mominur Rahman. The court also fined the five accused Tk 2.10 crore each.
"All of the accused played an identical role in the crime. But her (Khaleda's) jail term was brought down a bit considering her age and social status," the court said in its judgment.
After the judgement, Khaleda, Kazi Salimul Haque Kamal and Sarfuddin Ahmed, three convicts, who are now behind the bars, filed appeals against their conviction. The ACC too filed a revision plea to enhance Khaleda's sentence.
The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman in its order on October 30, 2018, extended the BNP chief's five-year jail term to 10 years in the case.