Corruption charges against ex-Bangladesh PM slammed

The former Bangladesh prime minister and her son face corruption charges along with seven others over orphan charity fundraising.

Corruption charges against ex-Bangladesh PM slammed

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has attacked corruption charges against the party's chairperson and former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman, saying they did not adhere to due legal process and were part of a government conspiracy to harass and malign the BNP's chief.

The party will start both legal and political battles to fight the charges, said General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed, the Joint Secretary of the main opposition party, at its headquarters in Dhaka on Thursday.

Khaleda Zia’s counsel, advocate Sanaullah Mia, said in a press conference at the court, "These charges were framed under pressure from the government and are illegal."

However, Bangladesh Law Minister Anisul Haque said he had not found any political motives behind the graft cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

'Abuse of power'

The comments came after charges were laid at the court on Wednesday against Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman - the vice chairman of the BNP who is now living in the United Kingdom - and seven others.

The cases involve allegations of abuse of power by raising funds from unknown sources in relation to the Zia Orphange and Zia Charitable Trust. The trial is due to begin on April 21.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Cahtra Da - the student front of the BNP - staged demonstrations at different areas throughout the country on Thursday protesting against the charges.

The Anti-Corruption Commission originally filed the two cases against Khaleda Zia, Tarique Rahman, Khalda Zia’s former principal secretary Dr. Kamal Siddique, former BNP MP Kazi Salimul Haque and others on August 8, 2011.

The charges have been put before a court several times over the last two years.

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