To appeal against Begum Zia`s verdict, a certified copy of the judgment will be required. Lawyers of the BNP stated in a press conference after the verdict that they will be able to appeal only after getting the copy of the verdict.
Begum Zia has been sentenced to 5 years in prison. Tarique Zia and 4 others accused are sentenced to 10 years in prison. Akhtaruzzaman, the fifth Special Judge of Dhaka, announced the verdict at 2.30 pm in Bakshibazar of Old Dhaka today.
Amid heightened security across Bangladesh and tensions running high on the political scene, the court on Thursday convicted her of embezzling Tk 21 million for the Zia Orphanage Trust.
Although other convicts are sentenced to 10 years, Begum Zia`s sentence was reduced to 5 years considering her position and age.