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Khaleda to appear before court Thursday

Update : 09 Sep 2015, 07:11 AM

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will appear before a Dhaka court Thursday in both Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases.

Her counsel Advocate Sanaullah Miah told the Dhaka Tribune: “The BNP chief will appear before the court Thursday as her health condition has improved.”

Read more: 3 testify in Khaleda’s absence

On August 27, Khaleda, a three-time former premier, did not appear before the makeshift court set up at Bakshibazar in the capital due to her illness, her counsels said.

She skipped the case proceedings on August 10 citing the same ground.

Three prosecution witnesses gave depositions against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and three other accused Zia Charitable Trust graft case.

From archive: Graft cases: Arrest warrant for Khaleda

Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of the Dhaka’s Third Special Judge’s Court recorded the statements and set Thursday for further hearing in the case.

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed one of the graft cases against Khaleda and five others on charges of embezzling over Tk2.1 crore in the name of Zia Orphanage Trust.

The other accused are Khaleda's son Tarique Rahman, Ziaur Rahman's nephew Mominur Rahman, Khaleda's former principal secretary Kamal Uddin Siddiqui, former BNP lawmaker Kazi Salimul Haque Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed.

In another case of 2011, the anti-graft body brought allegation of abusing power in setting up the Zia Charitable Trust accusing Khaleda, her former political secretary Harris Chowdhury, his assistant private secretary Ziaul Islam Munna, and former Dhaka Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka's assistant personal secretary Monirul Islam Khan.

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