Bangladesh’s ex-PM sentenced to 5 years in graft case

Vastavam web: Bangladesh’s ex-premier and opposition BNP chief Khaleda Zia was today sentenced to five years in jail in a corruption case.Zia, 72, was sentenced by the Special Court-5 in the capital , Dhaka, in connection with embezzlement of 21 million takas (USD 252,000) in foreign donations meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust.The ex-premier on November 30, 2014 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.

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 (ACC).