Two more Sonali bank officials testified against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman and four others in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, before Dhaka Special Judge’s Court 3 yesterday.
However, the BNP chief and her son did not appear at the court during trial proceedings. However, Khaleda’s counsel Md Sanaullah Miah did file a time petition for Khaleda's non-appearance mentioning that she could not appear due to illness, while the defence counsel represented Tarique.
The two witnesses to testify are Manjurul Hossain, former principal officer of Sonali bank and Mohiuddin Ahmed, former deputy general manager of Sonali bank.
Judge Abu Ahmad Jamadar of Dhaka Special Judge’s court-3 recorded depositions of the two prosecution witnesses after recording cross-examinations of two other witnesses, Moklesuru Rahman and Afla Sani, who gave their statements earlier in the case.
Cross-examinations were conducted by Advocate Abdur Razzak and Borhan Uddin on behalf of Khaleda and Tarique respectively, while cross-examinations of the two new witnesses will be recorded on the next date.
This Dhaka Tribune correspondent found that a total of 13 witnesses have provided statements before the court thus far, including the new two.
On July 3, 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with Ramna police station for embezzlement of over Tk 2.1 crore by forming a “fake” trust, which existed only on paper.
Trial proceedings have been adjourned till July 21.