Opposition Forms Human Chain To Protest Jailing Of Khaleda Zia

Last update: 14/02/2018

DHAKA, Feb 13 (Bernama) -- Bangladesh's largest opposition party leaders and activists have formed human chains across the country protesting the jailing of its chief and former prime minister Khaleda Zia for corruption.

Hundreds of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leaders and activists gathered in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Monday morning in support of the 72 year-old leader, reported China's Xinhua news agency.

They blocked the major road in front of the club carrying placards and banners with slogans demanding the immediate release of Khaleda, who was found guilty of a corruption charge and sentenced to five years jail on Thursday.

Shortly after the verdict was delivered, Khaleda was taken to a jail in Dhaka.

The court also passed 10 years jail sentence on five others including Khaleda's son, Tarique Rahman, and imposed a fine of 21 million takas (US$250,000) on each of them.

BNP leaders blamed political vendettas for the cases brought against Khaleda and her son.

Our peaceful movement will continue until our leader is released from jail,\" said BNP secretary-general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir while addressing the human chain.

He reiterated BNP's demand for a general election slated for 2019 under a non-partisan and an independent election commission.