72 year-old Khaleda Zia who Bangladesh opposition leader and a longtime rival to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has been sentenced to five years in jail for corruption.
According to reports, the verdict was read out in a court in Dhaka after police used tear gas to disperse thousands of her supporters.
The sentence means she is barred from parliamentary polls due this year.
She said the charges were politically motivated and denied misusing international funds donated to a charitable children’s trust.
The case is one of dozens pending against Ms Zia. Her son Tarique Rahman, was also sentenced to 10 years in jail.