BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and the three others accused in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case should be jailed for seven years, the prosecution demanded on Tuesday.
Chief Public Prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain Kajal, representing complainant the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), made the plea before Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of Dhaka Special Judge’s Court 5 while presenting his closing argument in the case.
Speaking before the court, Kajal said the ACC had been able to prove the charges against the accused.
“Khaleda Zia formed the trust by misusing her power during her tenure in 2001-2006 as the prime minister of the country. She even collected money from unknown sources,” the prosecutor argued.
“Khaleda and the other accused did not follow the rules and regulations of forming a charitable trust and they violated the provisions of the Trust Act,” he added.
Claiming that the prosecution was able to prove the charges against the accused beyond any reasonable doubt, Kajal pleaded for maximum punishment for Khaleda and the others, which is seven-year imprisonment.
After the end of the prosecution argument, defence counsel Aminul Islam started placing his argument before the court on behalf of accused Ziaul Islam Munna.
After Tuesday’s hearing, the court fixed today for placing the defence argument.
Earlier in the day, Khaleda appeared before the makeshift court in the capital’s Bakshibazar area around 11:55am.
The ACC filed the graft case against Khaleda and three others with Tejgaon police station on August 8, 2011 for embezzling Tk3.15 crore from the trust.
The other accused are Khaleda’s former political secretary Haris Chowdhury, then personal secretary to Haris Ziaul Islam Munna, and Monirul Islam Khan, then personal secretary of Dhaka City Corporation mayor Sadek Hossain Khoka.
The same court fixed February 8 for delivering the verdict in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case filed against Khaleda, her son Tarique Rahman and four others.