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Khaleda skips hearing in graft cases

Update : 03 Dec 2015, 08:33 PM

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday skipped her court appearance in the Zia Charitable and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases, citing illness.

Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of Dhaka Special Judges Court 3 started recording depositions of prosecution witnesses around 10:35am against Khaleda and three others accused in Zia Charitable Trust case in absence of Khaleda.

At the beginning of the hearing, Khaleda’s counsel Md Sanaullah Miah filed two separate petitions for her non-appearance in the cases mentioning that the BNP chief could not appear before court because of her illness.

Around noon, as a witness was being cross-examined, one of the accused in the case, former Dhaka mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka’s the then assistant personal secretary Monirul Islam Khan, also fell ill while standing at the court’s dock.

Monirul’s counsel TM Akbar Hossain pointed out his client’s condition and sought the court’s permission to leave, which the judge granted.

While leaving the court, Monirul said: “I am suffering different diseases including blood pressure.”

During yesterday’s hearing, the court recorded deposition of prosecution witness Md Nazmul Hossain, an assistant director of Anti-Corruption Commission.

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