Former Bangladesh prime minister Khaleda Zia, sentenced to five years imprisonment in a graft case, spent her night as a lone inmate of a renovated facility of the old Dhaka's abandoned central jail, where an official said, she was "physically and psychologically alright".
Today, authorities allowed Zia's younger businessman brother and four other relatives to meet the 72-year-old leader.
Zia was convicted by a special court here in connection with the embezzlement of 21 million taka (about USD 250,000) in foreign donations meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust, named after her late husband Ziaur Rahman, a military ruler-turned- politician.
"She is physically and psychologically alright," a prison official told a private TV channel preferring anonymity.
Meanwhile, hundreds of BNP leaders and activists today staged protests in the capital and other major cities in protest at the verdict.
They also had scuffle with police but no incident of major violence was reported.
Officials, however, said they have detained several protesters during the demonstrations.
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