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Zia Charitable Trust graft case: Khaleda’s counsels to file appeal against HC order

  • Published at 11:58 pm November 13th, 2019
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File photo: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia being taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital in Dhaka on Monday, April 1, 2019 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

On April 30, the High Court accepted Khaleda’s bail petition challenging a trial court verdict

Legal counsels of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will file an appeal with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court against the HC order that rejected her bail in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case. 

Confirmed the matter on Wednesday night, Khaleda's lawyer panel member Advocate Sagur Hossain Leon said they will file the appeal on Thursday.

Earlier on July 31, a High Court bench rejected the bail petition in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case, in which Khaleda has been sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment.

The court also ordered a status quo on the sub-ordinate court's property crock order to confiscate 4,200,000 katha of land bought in the name of the Zia Charitable Trust, and asked it to send it all case documents related with the case. 

On April 30, the High Court accepted Khaleda’s bail petition challenging a trial court verdict.

The conviction

On October 29, 2018, a special court in Dhaka found Khaleda guilty in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case—in absentia—and sentenced her to seven years of rigorous imprisonment.

The three-time former prime minister was fined Tk10 lakh, and given a six months’ additional jail term if she fails to pay the sum.

Apart from her, the court sentenced Harris Chowdhury, political secretary to then-Prime Minister Khaleda; his assistant personal secretary, Ziaul Haq Munna; and Monirul Islam Khan, assistant personal secretary to then-Dhaka mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka.

The court also ordered the land bought in the trust’s name be confiscated.

The ACC filed the case against the four at the capital’s Tejgaon police station on August 8, 2011.

The same court on February 8 had also sentenced BNP chief Khaleda to five-year's imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.

Her son Tarique Rahman and four others—Kamal Uddin Siddique, Kazi Salimul Haque, Sharfuddin Ahmed and Ziaur Rahman’s nephew Mominur Rahman—were sentenced to 10 years in prison in this case, as well.

However on October 30, the High Court dismissed Khaleda’s appeal in this case and doubled her punishment to 10-years of imprisonment.