BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia will appeal to the High Court (HC) against the lower court verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, said her lawyer and party’s vice-chairman Advocate Khandker Mahbub Hossain.
“We will go to the High Court. Hopefully, we will get justice there,” he told newsmen, emerging from the court room at Bakshibazar following the delivery of the verdict.
Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokan, another lawyer of Khaleda Zia, said the BNP chief has given directives to appeal to the HC against the verdict.
“We applied for the certified copy of the verdict. If we get the copy today, we will appeal on Sunday. Or if we get certified copy on Sunday, we will appeal on the next day,” he said.
A Dhaka special court today sentenced BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia to five-year imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
The court also sentenced other five accused including her “fugitive” elder son and BNP’s senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman, to 10-year imprisonment each. The court also fined them Taka 2.10 crore.
Judge Dr Akhtaruzzaman of Dhaka special judge court-5 pronounced the judgment at the heavily guarded crowded courtroom 14 days after it set the date to pass the verdict wrapping up the trial process.
The Anti-Corruption Commission lodged Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with Ramna Police Station on July 3, 2008, for embezzling Taka 2.10 crore meant for the orphans during the past military backed interim government.