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Posted at: Mar 15, 2019, 7:36 AM; last updated: Mar 15, 2019, 7:36 AM (IST)

Graft: Zia approaches SC against doubling jail term

Graft: Zia approaches SC against doubling jail term
Khaleda Zia

Dhaka, March 14

Bangladesh's jailed former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on Thursday filed a plea in the Supreme Court, challenging a High Court verdict that enhanced her punishment to 10 years imprisonment from five years in a corruption case. 

In the petition, Zia, 73, prayed to the SC to suspend her punishment and grant her bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. The Appellate Division is yet to fix any date for hearing the petition. 

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief is serving a 10-year term in a special structure of the old Dhaka Central Jail. Her party suffered a miserable defeat in the December 30 elections bagging only six seats in 300-seat Parliament. The ex-premier's conviction on a charge of “moral turpitude” debarred her from contesting the polls. 

“The lower court sentenced Zia to five years in jail in the case, but the High Court passed an order doubling the jail term in the case (and) therefore we filed the appeal seeking stay order on effectiveness of her punishment and her bail,” Zia’s lawyer Kaisar Kamal said.  He claimed that the HC “unfairly, unjustly and unreasonably” enhanced Zia's punishment while she did not commit any corruption.  — PTI


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