A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

Bangladesh court sentences 15 opposition party members for extortion

[JURIST] A Bangladeshi court on Tuesday sentenced 15 members of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) [Wikipedia backgrounder] to seven years for extortion and three years for manipulating elections. The defendants, twelve of whom were convicted in absentia, include BNP party workers, leaders, and a former lawmaker; they will each serve seven years as the sentences will run concurrently. BNP leader and former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia [UN profile] is currently facing tax evasion charges and is scheduled to appear in court on August 26.

Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] is currently governed by an interim emergency government [JURIST report], which took power with the backing of the military in January. The government has used its anti-corruption campaign [BBC Q&A] to justify emergency laws [JURIST report], which allow detention without warrants or specific charges. PTI has more.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.