Dhaka, Aug 14 (PTI) A Bangladesh court today sentenced a former lawmaker belonging to ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's BNP party to 10 years in prison after finding him of guilty of involvement in twin cases of extortion and poll manipulation.
Judge Rezaul Islam of the northwestern Rajshahi court handed down the sentence to Nadim Mostafa after trying the influential former lawmaker in absentia, saying he would have to serve three years of rigorous imprisonment for capturing a polling centre during a local government election in 2004 and another seven years for corruption.
The court also awarded equal jail terms to 14 other BNP leaders and workers but only three of them faced the trial in person as the rests were on the run after the installation of the current non-party administration following the January 11 promulgation of emergency rule.
The influential former lawmaker and his accomplices, however, would actually have to serve seven years in prison as the two terms would run simultaneously.
Special graft courts in the past two months sentenced five former ministers of successive government of detained ex-premier Sheikh Hasina's Awami League (AL) and BNP on different jail terms on charges of amassing illegal wealth and patronising Islamic militants.
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