BNP leader Ziaul Haque gets 13 years
Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Ill gotten wealth

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka court Tuesday sentenced BNP leader Ziaul Haque Zia to 13 years in jail in a case filed by the Anticorruption Commission.

The former state minister was convicted of amassing illegal wealth and concealing information about assets.

Special judge Md Sirajul Islam fined Zia Tk Tk 10 lakh. He will stay another year behind bars in case of failure to pay the sum.

The Special Judge's Court-7 also sentenced Zia's wife Nasima Haque and son Mushfiqul Haque Joy to three years in jail and fined them Tk 1 lakh each for abetting him.

They will have to stay six more months in jail if they fail to pay the fine.

The court also ordered authorities to confiscate the illegal assets.

All the accused are on the run. Their sentence will be effective from the day of their arrest or surrender.

The court had earlier sentenced the three people on charges of evading tax.

Anticorruption Commission assistant director Monjurul Alam filed the graft case with Ramna Police Station on Nov 22 against Zia, wife and their son.

According to case details, Zia amassed illegal wealth worth Tk 12.81 crore beyond his known sources of income and concealed wealth of Tk 5.36 crore in the wealth statement submitted to the graft watchdog.

His wife and son assisted him in amassing the illegal wealth, the case alleges.

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