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Bangladesh court jails Khalida Zia´s son

Bangladesh court jails Khalida Zia´s son

DHAKA: A Bangladesh court Thursday sentenced the eldest child of the fundamental resistance pioneer to seven years in jail for government evasion, a move that could end his political aspirations.

The high court indicted 51-year-old Tarique Rahman, upsetting a 2013 quittance by a lower court, and sentenced him to seven years in prison.

Rahman, who lives estranged abroad in London, is the eldest child of resistance pioneer and two-times previous PM Khaleda Zia and was viewed as her political beneficiary clear.

“The high court said Tarique Rahman affected political energy to help his dear companion Giasuddin Mamun to get and after that wash 200 million taka ($2.5 million),” appointee lawyer general Moniruzzaman Kabir told AFP.

“Mamun took the cash as a pay off for securing an influence plant contract for a development organization and laundered the cash to a Singapore account.”

Kabir said Rahman had taken 45 million taka from the record.

He was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined 200 million taka, the lawyer general said.

Rahman will now be banned from legislative issues unless the Supreme Court topples his conviction, Kabir said.

There was no prompt remark from Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

The BNP has been debilitated by its choice to blacklist the questionable 2008 decisions and resulting crackdowns on the resistance by the administration of Prime Minister Sheik Hasina