DHAKA: A Dhaka court Thursday deferred until October the indictment hearing against ex-premier and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, her elder son Tarique Rahman, also party’s senior vice-chairman, and others accused in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Third special Judge Mozammel Hossain passed the deferment order in response to a time plea by defense lawyer.
Defense lawyer Advocate Sanaullah Miah said in his petition that Khaleda Zia could not appear before the court due to the ongoing parliament session.
Sanaullah Miah gave written vow to the court that Khaleda Zia will must appear before it on the next fixed date.
On December 08 last, Khaleda secured anticipatory bail for eight weeks in the Zia Orphanage Trust case.
According to the case statement, the accused persons “amassed Tk 2.86 crore for establishing Zia Charitable Trust abusing power” during the then BNP-led four-party alliance government.
Besides, on July 3 in 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case with Ramna Thana, amid a massive anti-graft drive under state of emergency, accusing the ex-PM and BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique and four others of misappropriating over Tk 2 crore from the Zia Orphanage Trust fund.
On February 14, a Dhaka court fixed March 18 to give its order whether charges against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and three accused to take into cognizance in the Zia Charitable Trust case.
BDST: 1250 HRS, SEP 13, 2012
Edited by: Shahin Afroz, Newsroom Editor / SM Salahuddin, Output Editor
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