Graft: Convicted AL MP Bodi challenges jail sentence

Star Online Report:
Convicted Awami League lawmaker Abdur Rahman Bodi today filed an appeal with the High Court challenging a lower court verdict that sentenced him to three years’ imprisonment in a corruption case.

In the appeal, Bodi prayed to the HC to acquit him of the corruption charge.

On November 2, Dhaka Special Judge’s Court-3 sentenced Bodi to three years’ in prison for “concealing” and “deliberately providing false” wealth statement to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in March 2014.

Bodi’s lawyer Nashreen Siddiqua Lina told The Daily Star that a separate petition will be submitted on behalf of Bodi to the HC seeking bail in the case.

She said the HC is yet to fix any date to hear the appeal.

The controversial lawmaker from Cox’s Bazar was also fined Tk 10 lakh, in default of which he will have to spend three more months in jail.

This is the first time a ruling party lawmaker has been punished in a corruption case. Three years’ imprisonment is the highest punishment for the offence Bodi committed.

Source: The Daily Star