Bangladesh ex-PM handed 5-year jail term for graft

Feb 08, 2018, 6:09 AM EST
Khaleda Zia is now barred from contesting the parliamentary polls.
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Bangladesh’s former prime minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia has been sentenced to five years in jail over embezzling funds donated to a charitable children's trust.

The verdict comes as a big setback for Zia, who is now barred from contesting the parliamentary polls scheduled to be held later this year, writes the BBC.

Khaleda, her son and aides allegedly siphoned off 21 million taka ($253,000) in foreign donations received by an orphanage trust, but the leader cried foul after the ruling saying that the verdict is part of a wider plot to oust her from national politics, notes Reuters.