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BNP-led 20-party alliance to meet this evening
Dhaka, 11 Feb, Abnews: Top leaders of the BNP-led alliance will sit in a meeting on Sunday evening to discuss the course of action to be taken following the jailing of Khaleda Zia.
 
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir convened the meeting, said BNP chairperson's media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan.
 
He said the meeting is scheduled to begin at 5pm at BNP chairperson's Gulshan office.
 
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.
 
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