On Monday, a Bangladeshi court sentenced opposition leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to another seven years in prison for allegations of corruption, calling their followers politically motivated.
Judge Md Akhtaruzaman found her guilty of abusing power as Prime Minister on Monday, collecting $ 375,000 for the Zia Charitable Trust Fund from unknown sources in a court in Dhaka.
Zia was not present in court because she is currently serving a five-year sentence in a separate case. She was sentenced to five years imprisonment for misappropriation of money for an orphanage.
The judge also sentenced three others to seven years in prison for collecting money from undeclared sources for the trust named after Zia's deceased husband and former president Ziaur Rahman. 1
Earlier this month Rahman was sentenced to life imprisonment for a deadly attack on 2004 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Rahman, deputy chairman of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), lives since 2008 in London exile.
The BNP accuses the ruling Awami League party of conducting political revenge against the BNP leadership towards the end of the year.