Zia Orphanage Trust graft case: Khaleda Zia seeks stay on verdict

Dhaka, Nov 19 ( UNI) BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has sought a stay order on the 10 year prison sentence awarded to her in the High Court in the Zia orphanage Trust graft case.

Khaleda Zia’s lawyer barrister Kaysar Kamal filed a petition with the Appellate Division chamber judge on Monday. A bail petition has also been submitted alongside it, he said.

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia had been sentenced to five years in prison in a false, fabricated and fake case, Kamal told the media. “The BNP chairperson then challenged the trial court’s verdict at the High Court.

We believed the situation would be redressed.But, astonishingly, the High Court set a restrictive date for the hearings. It was an unprecedented situation in the Indian-Pakistan subcontinent.

The date of the verdict was announced before the hearings came to an end. We could not even complete the hearings of the ACC [Anti-Corruption Commission] petition to extend her sentence.

The verdict was announced in such a situation. The lawyer also claimed that the doubling of Khaleda Zia’s sentence was also unprecedented.

Usually a sentence is reduced on appeal. But in Khaleda Zia’s case it was increased. This is completely motivated by politics.

The petition to stay the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case was filed a day after Khaleda Zia challenged the trial court’s verdict in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.

BNP leaders hope that by staying the sentences of these two cases former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will be able to participate in the upcoming general election.

The BNP leadership has bought nomination papers for three constituencies on her behalf.

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