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The Appellate Division Chamber Judge Court on Saturday stayed a High Court order halting conviction of Jashore-2 BNP candidate Sabira Sultana till today (Sunday).
Justice Hasan Foez Siddique of Appellate Division Chamber Judge Court passed the order this morning and sent the matter to Appellate Division full bench for further hearing today.
“The Appellate Division Chamber Judge passed the order, allowing appeals of the state and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC),” anti-graft body’s counsel Khurshid Alam Khan told BSS.
“As a result of today’s order, Sabira will no longer be able to take part in the election, unless the Appellate Division passes the order other way tomorrow,” Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said on Friday.
The chief state counsel said it is a constitutional provision it would be applicable for all people convicted and sentenced to more than two years.
A Dhaka court on July 12, 2018, sentenced Sabira Sultana, currently the chairman of Jashore’s Jhikargacha upazila, to total six years imprisonment in a case lodged over amassing illegal wealth and concealing information on wealth.
The High Court after holding hearing on her plea on November 29, stayed Sabira’s sentence, paving way for contesting in the upcoming general election.