Alexa Govt to appeal against HC stay on Sabira’s conviction

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Govt to appeal against HC stay on Sabira’s conviction

 Staff Correspondent :: staff-correspondent

 Published: 08:25 PM, 30 November 2018   Updated: 08:25 PM, 30 November 2018

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The government will file a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking a stay on a High Court order tomorrow (on Saturday) that halted conviction and sentence of BNP nominee for Jashore-2 Sabira Sultana, clearing her way to contest the election.

Attorney General (AG) Mahbubey Alam informed, “The petition will be moved before the chamber judge of the appellate division tomorrow morning.”

He said, “There is no provision in the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to stay the conviction of any convict while an appeal against the conviction is pending.”

“Recently, a bench of the HC observed that the convicts sentenced to more than two years cannot contest the election up to five years after serving their jail sentence, even if an appeal against their convictions of sentences are pending,” he also said.

The attorney general added that the appellate division of the SC later refrained from interfering with the HC observations.

Yesterday, the HC bench of Justice Md Rais Uddin stayed the conviction and sentence of Sabira after she sought a stay on her conviction and six-year jail sentence in a corruption case.

Following the HC order, her lawyer said that she can now contest the election scheduled to be held on December 30.    

On January 9, 2011, The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the graft case against Sabira.