A fierce argument between prosecution and the defence lawyers in Zia Charitable Trust graft case made the judge of a special court in Dhaka to take a 15-minute recess and leave the courtroom during the hearing on Wednesday.
Judge Md Akhteruzzaman of the Dhaka Special Judge’s Court 5 walked out of the courtroom for 15 minutes when defence counsel Aminul Islam, representing defendant Ziaul Islam Munna, said: “While one [Hasina] is seeking votes in Sylhet, another (Khaleda Zia) is appearing in the court.”
His remarks were opposed by prosecution counsel Mosharraf Hossain Kajal who told the court that the defence lawyer’s comments were irrelevant.
The duo then began to fiercely bicker while BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, also a defendant in the case, sat in court.
Multiple orders from the judge to stop bickering were ignored as the arguments intensified. Annoyed, Judge Md Akhteruzzaman left the courtroom for 15 minutes at 11:55am.
Once the judge returned after lunch, the court proceedings continued till 3:20 pm. The court fixed today for placing rest of the defence arguments in the case.
Earlier on Tuesday, the prosecution concluded their argument seeking seven-year imprisonment for Khaleda Zia and three other accused in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed Zia Charitable Trust 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 were 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.
Earlier, the same court fixed February 8 to deliver the verdict in case filed against Khaleda, her son Tarique Rahman and four others.