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Dhaka Tribune

Hearing on charge framing of Khaleda Zia deferred again

Update : 08 Dec 2013, 07:24 PM

A Dhaka court yesterday deferred until January 12 the hearing on charge framing against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and eight others in connection with the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case and Zia Charitable Trust graft case.

Defense Counsel Md Sanaullah Miah submitted two separate petitions for time extension yesterday.

Khaleda Zia could not appear before the court due to security reasons as a countrywide blockade programme was going on, said Md Sanaullah Miah.

Acting Judge Md Mozammel Hossain of the Special Judge Court-3 passed the order after hearing the petitions.

The charge framing hearing of the cases have been deferred several times so far, as Khaleda did not turn up to the court on different grounds.

Earlier, on June 16, the court had deferred the hearing in the two draft cases until July 21.

On July 21 after deferring the hearing until August 18 the court, however, said this would be “the last time” the hearing on the charge framing was deferred.

On August 18, a Dhaka court deferred until September 16 the charge-framing hearing in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case for the sixth time.

Zia Charitable Trust graft case

On August 8, 2011, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case with Tejgaon police station accusing the four, including Khaleda, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.

ACC Deputy Director Harunur Rashid, the investigation officer of the case, pressed charges against the accused on January 16, 2012.

According to the case statement, a 2809 square metre piece of land in the city’s Kakrail area was bought by the trust from one Suraiya Khanam in January 2005, for Tk6.52crore.

ACC alleged that Tk1.25crore of the amount was earned beyond the trust’s known sources of income.

The three accused are Harris Chowdhury, Khaleda’s former political secretary, Ziaul Islam Munna, assistant private secretary (APS) of Harris, and Monirul Islam Khan, APS of former Dhaka City Corporation mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka were present before court.

Of them, Harris is absconding while the rest two appeared before the court.

Zia Orphanage Trust graft case

ACC filed the case with the Ramna police station on July 3, 2008, accusing Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman and four others of misappropriating over Tk 2.10 crore, which came as “grants” from a foreign bank for the orphans.

ACC deputy director Harunur Rashid submitted a charge sheet in the case on August 5, 2010.

The other accused are Mominur Rahman, nephew of late president Ziaur Rahman; Khaleda’s former Principal Secretary Dr Kamaluddin Siddique; and former BNP lawmakers Kazi Salimul Haque and Sharfuddin Ahmed.

Khaleda last appeared before the court on January 15 when she secured a permanent bail in the graft case.

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