Khaleda’s defence statement deferred until Jan 26

Court Correspondent | Published: 12:25, Jan 13,2017 | Updated: 01:01, Jan 13,2017

 
 
Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia

Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia waves to supporters after appearing before a court at Bakshibazar in Dhaka on Thursday in a graft case. — New Age photo

The hearing of defence statement of Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia was deferred until January 26 in Zia Charitable Trust graft case on Thursday.
The judge of the Dhaka Special Judges Court 3, Abu Ahmed Jamadar, passed the order following a petition filed by Khaleda seeking time for making her incomplete statement.
The also adjourned until January 26 the hearing in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case against her after recording the testimony of a prosecution witness.
The BNP chief appeared before the court in the two cases in the makeshift courtroom set up at Bakshibazar at about 11:00am.
Earlier on January 5, the court adjourned the recording of Khaleda’s defence statement in the charitable trust case until Thursday.
Khaleda started placing her defence statement on December 1, 2016.
Anti-Corruption Commission deputy director Harunur Rashid, also the investigation officer of the case, submitted charge sheet January 16, 2012 against the accused – Khaleda, BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman, former Dhaka city mayor Sadek Hossain Khoka`s personal secretary Monirul Islam Khan, Khaleda`s former political secretary Haris Chowdhury and former Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority director Ziaul Islam Munna.
Harunur Rashid filed the case with Tejgaon police station on August 8, 2011 accusing the five of collecting about Tk 3.15 crore illegally in the name of the charitable trust and subsequently withdrawing the money from the fund in an attempt to misappropriate it.
In the orphanage trust case, defence counsel Abdur Rezzaque Khan cross examined the investigation officer, Nur Ahmed, also assistant director of the commission, in presence of Khaleda on Thursday.
The commission filed the orphanage trust graft case with Ramna police station on July 3, 2008 accusing Khaleda, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, now living in the United Kingdom after securing bail, and four others of misappropriation of about Tk 2.11 crore after withdrawal of the money from the trust fund between November 13, 1993 and March 28, 2007.
The other accused are 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. 

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