The lawyers of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Monday afternoon finally received the certified copy of the verdict sentencing the BNP chief to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Khaleda’s lawyer Advocate Sanaullah Mia received the 1174-page copy of the verdict around 4:30 pm.
On February 8 last, the court read out a 632-page summarised version of the verdict and today it released the full 1174-page copy of the verdict.
On Sunday, Khaleda’s lawyers filed a petition with the Dhaka Special Judge Court-5 seeking a copy of the judgment after having failed to receive it even 11 days after the verdict.
Judge Akhtaruzzaman assured him of providing the certified copy on Monday.
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 the old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.
On the same day, BNP lawyers sought a certified copy of the verdict to file an appeal against the imprisonment but they were yet to get it.
Contacted, BNP standing committee member and Khaleda’s one of the counsels Moudud Ahmed said they will now examine the verdict and find out its loopholes.
“It’ll take at least two to three days to examine verdict and different documents and statements of the witnesses, and to prepare for filing an appeal with the High Court against it,” he told UNB.
The BNP leader said they’ll try to file the appeal and seek bail for Khaleda as early as possible.
He alleged that the court could have given the copy much earlier after the announcement of the verdict. “The unnecessary delay was made only to prolong our leader’s (Khaleda’s) stay in jail and keep her in pain.”