BNP to protest over former Bangladesh PM's son conviction

| Updated: Jul 22, 2016 21:55 IST

Dhaka, July 22 (ANI): The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will stage a demonstration tomorrow across the country to protest against the high court verdict that sentenced BNP senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman to seven years of imprisonment in a money laundering case. BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Rizvi Ahmed announced the programme at a press conference and said that the demonstration will be observed protesting conspiracy of the government against BNP, reports the Daily Star. Yesterday, the court overturned a lower court verdict that acquitted Tarique in the money laundering case involving Tk 20.41 crore but his friend Giasuddin Al Mamun was sentenced to seven years of imprisonment. This is the first time Tarique, son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, has been convicted and handed down punishment by a court in one of the 19 cases filed against him since 2007. In 2009, the anti-graft body Anti-Commission Commission (ACC) has filed the case against Tarique and Mamun for siphoning off the money to Singapore between 2003 and 2007. (ANI)