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Court: Trial to continue in Khaleda’s absence

  • Published at 02:26 pm September 20th, 2018
File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The ex-PM appeared before the court on September 5 and expressed her unwillingness to come again

A Dhaka court has decided to continue trial proceedings of the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case in the absence of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of Special Judges’ Court 5 issued the order on Thursday following a petition filed by the prosecution.

The petition was filed on September 13, seeking completion of the trial in the absence of Khaleda as she did not appear before the court in the last several months due to illness.

On September 5, Khaleda appeared before the court and expressed her unwillingness to come again. 

Previously, the trial was held at a makeshift court in Bakshibazar area. 

On September 4, a gazette notification was issued by the Law Ministry regarding the shift in the location of the court to old Dhaka central jail. The notification mentioned that the court had been moved inside the jail for security reasons.

A Dhaka court sentenced Khaleda to five years in jail on February 8 in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. She has been kept at the Old Dhaka Central Jail since then.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the Zia Charitable Trust case with Tejgaon police in August 2011. Khaleda and three others were accused of abusing power to raise funds from unknown sources for the trust.