New dates for hearing in 2 cases

‘Case filed to destroy Khaleda Zia’s political career’

‘Case filed to destroy Khaleda Zia’s political career’

Dhaka, Dec 21 (Just News): A court here on Thursday fixed December 26,27 and 28 for the defence to place further arguments in the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable graft cases against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia.

Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of Dhaka Special Court-5 passed the order as Khaleda's lawyers could not complete closing arguments.

BNP Chairperson's counsel Abdur Razzak placed arguments in the Zia Orphanage Trust case for the second day on Thursday.

"The case was filed to destroy Khaleda Zia's political life. We want justice as per the penal code. Khaleda Zia and her family's prestige is associated with it. The case is totally false," Razzak told the court.

Meanwhile, after accepting the BNP chief's written self-defence statement in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case, the court asked Khaleda Zia whether she wants any witness to testify for her.

As Khaleda Zia replied in the negative, the court fixed dates for the next hearing.

Earlier on December 5, after Khaleda's deposition, the court fixed December 19, 20 and 21 for the next hearing in the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases.

The court had also granted bail to Khaleda Zia in the cases responding to the bail petitions she filed after her surrender.

On November 30, the court issued an arrest warrant for Khaleda Zia in the two graft cases after cancelling her ad-interim bail as she failed to appear before it on the day.

On October 19, the court granted bail to her upon a Tk 1 lakh bond each in the two graft cases.

On July 3, 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda Zia, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, and four others for misappropriating over Tk 2.10 crore that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.

On August 8, 2011, the commission filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abuse of power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.