Khaleda may appeal against conviction Sunday

M Moneruzzaman | Published: 01:04, Feb 09,2018 | Updated: 01:07, Feb 09,2018

 
 

Former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia would on Sunday file her appeal if her lawyers get a certified copy of the five-year term handed to her by a special court in the Zia Orphanage Trust Fund corruption case.
She would file the appeal with the High Court Division if the lawyers get certified copy of the 632-page verdict, her lawyers Moudud Ahmed, Zainul Abedin and Mahbub Uddin Khokon told reporters at separate news briefings.
Khaleda Zia applied for the certified copy on Thursday.
Khaleda would also seek ad interim bail and stay on her conviction during pendency of the appeal, said her lawyers.
Briefing reporters at his office Zainul, also Supreme Court Bar Association president expressed the hope that she would get bail during admission hearing of the appeal as it was customary for the HC to grant bails in case of short sentences.
As the appeal is part of the trial, she would be able to contest parliamentary elections during her appeal’s pendency, said Zainul Abedin.
He said that there were plenty of examples of people contesting local as well as parliamentary elections during pendency of appeals.
But, law minister Anisul Huq told reporters that it would be for the Election Commission to take a decision whether or not former prime minister Khaleda Zia would able to contest the election as the Supreme Court had given opposite decision on the issue.  

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