A special court in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka has sentenced former prime minister Khaleda Zia to seven years’ jail in a case involving a charity fund named after her late husband, today.
Judge Md Akhtaruzaman found her guilty in a Dhaka court of misuse of power as prime minister in collecting $US375,000 ($A528,292) for the Zia Charitable Trust Fund from unknown sources.
Zia was absent in court as she is currently in hospital while serving a prison term of five years in a separate case. The judge also sentenced three others to seven years in jail each for collecting the money from undeclared sources.
In February, another court sentenced Zia to five years in jail in a separate charity corruption case. Zia’s party alleged that the charges for both cases were politically motivated.