A Bangladesh court sentenced former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on Thursday to five years in prison on corruption charges. The conviction means Zia, the longtime rival to the current prime minister, could be barred from running in December national elections.
Judge Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman announced the verdict in a special court in Dhaka’s Old City. Zia, who was present in the courtroom, was convicted of embezzling some $250,000 in donations meant for an orphanage trust established when she was last prime minister, from 2001-2006.
The judge also sentenced Zia’s son, Tarique Rahman, and four others to 10 years in prison for involvement in the crime. All can appeal their convictions.
Law Minister Anisul Huq said Zia would be imprisoned later Thursday.
Bangladesh law says anyone imprisoned for more than two years cannot run for office for the next five years, but Huq noted that the final decision rests with the courts.
“It’s up to the appeals court to decide whether she will be eligible to run,” he said after the verdict.
Ruhul Kabir Rizbi, a close Zia aide, rejected the verdict, saying the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was looking for a way to weaken Zia politically.
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