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Appeal filed with HC against Khaleda’s sentence

20 Feb, 2018 17:22:00

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Lawyers of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia filed an appeal with the High Court challenging her sentence in the Zia Orphanage Trust case on Tuesday afternoon.

Barrister Kaiser Kamal, law affairs secretary of BNP, said they filed the appeal around 3:30 pm with the High Court against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's sentence in the graft case.

The court set February 22 to hear the appeal after it was placed before a bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Shahidul Karim, he said. UNB. 

The BNP lawyers would also file a petition with the High Court seeking Khaleda’s bail on Thursday. 

After receiving the 1174-page certified copy of Khaleda's verdict, BNP standing committee member and one of Khaleda's counsels Moudud Ahmed said they will try to file the appeal and seek bail for her as early as possible.

On February 8 last, the court read out a 632-page summarised version of the verdict.

On February 8, the special court convicted the former Prime Minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.