Bangladesh court jails former prime minister Khaleda Zia for five years.

The Bangladesh Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced Bangladesh opposition leader and two times former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to jail for five years in controversial Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.

Judge Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman, who announced the verdict in a courtroom in Dhaka's Old City, also sentenced Zia's son Tarique Rahman to 10 years in prison for involvement in the case.

Among four others convicted are

-Former Bangladesh Nationalist Party MP Quazi Salimul Haq Kamal;
-Former Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Kamal Uddin Siddique;
-Two others, including a businessman.


The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case, accusing Ms. Zia and the five others for embezzling some $250,000 in donations meant for an orphanage trust established when she first became prime minister in 1991.

Zia took to a Dhaka prison under heavy security. To avoid protests Transportation to Dhaka stopped from last night and amid heightened security across Bangladesh, fearing clashes with Zia’s supporters.

"I will be back. Do not worry and be strong"- Former prime minister of Bangladesh Begum Khaleda Zia told after her verdict. She was Bangladesh’s Prime Minister for two terms — 1991-1996 and 2001-2006.

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