Khaleda Zia unwilling to appear before court

Khaleda Zia unwilling to appear before court

Jail authorities today failed to produce BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia before a Dhaka court in Barapukuria coal mine graft case as she expressed “unwillingness” to appear before the court.

Senior Jail Superintendent Iqbal Kabir wrote this on the custody warrant presented before the Judge ASM Ruhul Imran of the Special Judge's Court-2 Dhaka.

As she was not produced, the court adjourned until April 9 the hearing of charge framing of the case against Khaleda Zia and 15 others.

Of the 16 accused, Barrister Aminul Huq could not appear before it as he is now at Singapore for treatment purposes.

The 14 other accused who are now on bail were present at the courtroom today.

The Dhaka Court on February 26 had directed jail authorities to produce Khaleda before it today for charge framing hearing in the graft case.

Judge ASM Ruhul Imran had passed the order following a petition submitted by ACC Public Prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain Kajol.

The fifteen other accused in the case were also asked to appear before the court for the hearing.