Dhaka, 1 Mar, Abnews: BNP has started distributing leaflets across the country demanding the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail, UNB reports.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi launched the programme in front of party’s Nayapaltan central office around 10:15 am on Thursday.
Talking to reporters, Rizvi said their party leaders are are distributing leaflets all over the country stating how their chairperson has been ‘subjected to injustice’.
The BNP leader said they will continue their peaceful movement and ensure the government’s fall through it.
Meanwhile, huge law enforcers have been deployed in Nayapaltan area following the BNP’s leaflet distribution programme.
On Feb 8, 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.
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.