BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s defence lawyers placed their closing arguments before the court on Thursday, for the second consecutive day in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
After recording their defence argument for over four hours, Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of Dhaka Special judges Court-5 adjourned the hearing until December 26, 27 and 28 in the case.
Khaleda Zia appeared before the makeshift court in the Bakshibazar area of Dhaka amid tight security at around 11:00am, whereupon she submitted a written self-defence statement in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.
Accepting her statement, the court also fixed December 26, 27 and 28 for hearing the arguments in that case.
Earlier, Public Prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain Kajol on Tuesday concluded his placing arguments for seeking life imprisonment for the BNP chief and five others accused in the case.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July 3, 2008 against Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman, and four others on charges of embezzling over Tk2.1 crore.
ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case on August 8, 2011 accusing four people including Khaleda on charges of abusing power in setting up the Zia Charitable Trust.
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'Law enforcement agencies to remain alert'
Meanwhile, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has told reporters that the law enforcement agencies are keeping alert during the trials of Khaleda.
“Only the judges know what will happen to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the graft case,” he said.
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Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal addresses a ingratiation programme of a newly-constructed building of the Handial Police Investigation Centre in Chatmohor upazila, Pabna on Thursday; December 21, 2017 Dhaka Tribune
“Steps will be taken in accordance with the court's judgment (and) the law will follow its own course. But the law enforcers will keep an eye out for any attempt to create anarchy in the country centring on the trial.”
The home minister spoke to reporters on Thursday after inaugurating a newly-constructed building of the Handial Police Investigation Centre in Chatmohor upazila, Pabna.