Bangladesh ex-PM Khaleda gets 5-year jail term for graft Feb 09, 2018 0 379 12345 REUTERSDHAKABangladesh opposition leader and former prime minister Khaleda Zia was jailed on Thursday for corruption, but plans to appeal against her five-year term, her lawyer said, as thousands of supporters took to the streets to protest her innocence.Khaleda, her son and aides were convicted of stealing 21 million taka ($253,000) in foreign donations received by an orphanage trust set up when she was last prime minister, from 2001 to 2006, lawyers said."She was given a shorter term considering her health and social status," Judge Mohammad Akhteruzzaman said, as he passed sentence in a packed courtroom amid tight security.Khaleda plans to appeal against her conviction, lawyers said, and is likely to be freed on bail during that process."We didn't get justice. We'll go to the higher court," Khandker Mahbub Hossain, the leader of Khaleda's legal team, told reporters.After the verdict, Khaleda was escorted to the central jail in the capital, a three-storey red-brick structure with barred windows surrounded by trees, to begin serving her sentence in two rooms set aside for her, jail officials said.Khaleda's son, Tarique Rahman, and four others were jailed for 10 years at the end of a case that lasted nearly 10 years. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Pakistani top commanders signal cooperation with US Feb 09, 2018 0 86 Council of Islamic Ideology debates public hangings in wake of Zainab Ansari case Feb 09, 2018 0 81 Trump's New Year's tweet 'deeply hurtful' to Pakistanis, says Bilawal Feb 09, 2018 0 78 Maldives' president sends envoys to Pakistan, China and Saudi for support REUTERS MALE The embattled president of the Maldives has sent envoys to friendly nations such as China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to brief them on a political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation that spurred the imposition .. US, UK, France among 8 countries urge UN to take up Rohingya crisis AFP United Nations Britain, France, the United States and five other countries asked the UN Security Council on Wednesday to discuss the fate of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees driven from Myanmar, diplomats .. Nepal Communist parties get majority in upper house AFP Kathmandu Nepal's Communist parties have secured a majority of seats in the upper house of parliament, the election commission said Thursday, paving the way for the leftist alliance to form the next government .. Weather forecast saves Pakistani wheat farmers REUTERS ISLAMABAD In early November last year, Muhammad Islam was surprised by news from the Pakistan Meteorological Department. The 40-year-old farmer learned that good rains were forecast for the crucial wheat .. Pakistan bans V-Day events REUTERS ISLAMABAD Pakistan has banned events promoting Valentine's Day, and media coverage of any such events, for the second year in a row after a court ruled the holiday un-Islamic. The Pakistan Electronic Media ..