Dhaka, 9 Feb, Abnews: Police on Friday thwarted the rally staged by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) protesting the verdict awarded to the party’s Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
The law enforcers escorted a procession brought out by hundred leaders and activists of BNP from the north gate of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Juma prayers on Friday afternoon.
Police later obstructed the BNP activists when they reached in front of party’s office at Nayapaltan to hold rally at about 2:00pm, claimed the BNP men.
The protestors got dispersed as police charged batons and foiled their rally. Some of the BNP leaders took position at their party office and some left the venue.
Witnesses said police also detained some of the activists and took them into the van.
On Thursday, a Dhaka court sentenced BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to five years of rigorous imprisonment and fines her Tk 2 crore for financial irregularities in the Zia Orphanage Trust.
The makeshift court delivered the verdict amid tight security. It also awarded 10 years of imprisonment to five others including her son Tarique Rahman.
Khaleda was present in the court at the time of pronouncing the verdict.
The court also fined Tk 2.10 crore each in the politically significant case ahead of the parliamentary election.
After Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, Khaleda is the second head of the government convicted in a graft case.
On 25 January, the court fixed 8 February to announce the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust Graft case.
The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July 3, 2008 with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, now living in the UK, and four others of misappropriating over 2.10 crore that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.
Four other accused are former BNP MP Salimul Haq Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, former principal secretary Kamal Uddin Siddique and Mominur Rahman, nephew of late President Ziaur Rahman.Kamal Uddin Siddique and Mominur Rahman have long been absconding.