Former B’Desh PM sentenced to 7 years in jail

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Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia along with three others have been sentenced to seven years in prison in another corruption case.

Zia is already serving a jail term since February after being convicted in a case related to embezzlement of funds of an orphanage named after her husband President Ziaur Rahman.

The new jail sentence has come ahead of general elections in December this year.

According to the case, Zia and three others abused their power and collected USD 375,000 for her trust from unknown sources. The Zia Charitable Trust graft case was filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission in 2011.

Zia’s party has said that the charges for both cases are politically motivated.

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