A Bangladesh court on Tuesday doubled to 10 years a jail term for former prime minister Khaleda Zia for graft, ruling out her chances of contesting a general election in December, lawyers said.
Khaleda’s opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has been in disarray since she was jailed in February, following a verdict it says aimed at keeping the 73-year-old leader and her family out of politics. “Khaleda Zia cannot participate in the election unless her verdict is scrapped,” Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told reporters after the High Court decision. Khaleda, who has been receiving treatment in hospital this month for arthritis and diabetes, did not appear in court, and was not represented by a lawyer.
A lawyer for the former prime minister, however, said the ruling would be appealed and predicted Khaleda would be able to take part in the election. (AP)