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Zia is 'physically, psychologically alright': official

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

Former 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 said, she was "physically and psychologically alright".

Today, authorities allowed Zia's younger brother and four other relatives to meet the 72-year-old leader.

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 Orphanage Trust, named after her late husband Ziaur Rahman, a military ruler-turned- politician.

The of the opposition Nationalist Party (BNP) was sent to a renovated facility of the old Dhaka's abandoned central prison.

"She is physically and psychologically alright," a prison told a private TV channel preferring anonymity.

But a said, "She is in isolation", and alleged that her conviction was "part of a blueprint to establish one-party rule".

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.

Yesterday, violence erupted in major cities across as of the guilty verdict spread, with BNP supporters clashing with police and activists from the ruling party.

Police fired at demonstrators in the northeastern city of At least four people have been injured in the clashes.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 18:00 IST