Top court of Bangladesh has disqualified jailed former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia from taking part in the upcoming elections to be held on in the December 30, as court ruled that a person jailed for more than two years cannot contest polls.
“She is disqualified from taking part in the upcoming elections,” Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said in a press conference, hours later after the High Court issued a rule.
The 73-year-old ex-premier is currently serving jail terms in two graft cases involving charities named after her slain husband Ziaur Rahman. She has been in custody since February 8, when Dhaka Special Court convicted her in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case and sentenced her to five years of imprisonment for embezzling 21 million Bangladeshi Taka (USD 252,504) in foreign donations meant for the Trust. On October 30, the High Court doubled her jail term to 10 years. On October 29, a trial court convicted her in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case and sentenced her to seven years in prison and imposed a fine of Tk 1 million (USD 12,024).
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17 November, 2019