Justice Minister Anisul Huq said today (27 October 2022) that BNP Chairwoman Khaleda Zia will not be sent to prison until the next parliamentary elections, despite being found guilty and sentenced to prison sentences in two corruption cases.
“The government has released her (Khaleda Zia) on two conditions after suspending her prison term in accordance with Section 401(1) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). The government has no intention of amending this decision before the next elections,” he said, answering journalists’ questions after attending as a chief guest a training program organized for deputy clerks of the Institute for Administrative Training. judiciary in Dhaka.
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On September 19, the government extended the suspension of Khaleda Zia’s prison sentence by six months.
Khaleda was released from prison on March 25, 2020 after the government suspended her prison term for six months.
She was released from prison at a time when the world was being hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Khaleda landed in prison on February 8, 2017, after being sentenced to five years in prison by a special court in Dhaka in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. On October 30 the following year, the High Court increased his sentence to 10 years after rejecting his appeal in the case.
The former prime minister was found guilty by another special court in Dhaka in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case on October 29, 2018. She was sentenced to seven years in rigorous imprisonment by the court.
Today, Justice Minister Anisul Huq told reporters that a bill on the amendment of the law for holding the trial of Jamaat-e-Islami as a war criminal organization will soon be submitted. to Jatiya Sangsad.
Responding to another question, Anisul Huq said the government was awaiting the decision of the Electoral Commission on Jamaat-e-Islami’s application to register as a new political party.