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BNP leaders meet Khaleda Zia
Dhaka, 28 April, Abnews: Three senior BNP leaders, led by party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, entered the jail to meet their party chairperson Khaleda Zia.
 
Fakhrul together with BNP standing committee members Mirza Abbas and Nazrul Islam Khan reached the jail gate around 3:30pm.
 
Around 20 minutes later, jail authorities took them inside the jail.
 
On 19 April, the three BNP leaders failed to meet Khaleda as she could not come down to the ground floor due to pain in her knees.
 
Earlier today, three personal physicians of the BNP chief feared that she may be crippled and lose her eyesight if she is not given proper treatment immediately in any specialised hospital.
 
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.
 
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