Friday, January 18, 2019

Lawyers yet to file appeal for BNP chief Khaleda as they await docs

  • Senior Correspondent,
    Published: 2018-02-13 19:34:47 BdST


Almost a week after being jailed for corruption, former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is yet to file an appeal with the High Court.

Her counsels said on Tuesday that they were yet to get a copy of the trial court’s verdict.

The three-time prime minister was jailed for five years on Thursday, when a Dhaka court found her guilty of misappropriating foreign funds donated to an orphanage trust.

Khaleda, 72, is now being kept in the old jailhouse on Nazim Uddin Road, which the authorities described as a ‘special prison’.

Sanaullah Mia, one of the lawyers for Khaleda, said that they would file the appeal with the High Court on Wednesday, if a copy of the verdict is available.

Around 12pm on Tuesday, Mia and three other lawyers arrived at the Nazim Uddin Road prison and sought to meet their client.

“We need her to sign some documents. We will brief the media later,” Mia told reporters before entering the Prison Directorate’s offices.

Almost an hour later, they came to the prison gate, waiting to meet their client. After waiting for another two hours, they left around 3pm as their request was rejected.

“If the verdict’s copy is available tomorrow, we will file an appeal,” he told the media before leaving.

The jail authorities, however, received the documents on power of attorney, which their client needed to sign, according to Mia.

Replying to a query, he denied media reports that Khaleda was formally arrested in other cases.

“The prison authorities confirmed that they have not received any such orders.”

Hearings in three other cases brought against Khaleda have been scheduled.

But she has been exempted from court appearances and her lawyers can represent her, said Mia.

A prison official told that they received the documents on power of attorney given by lawyers, which have been forwarded to their client.