Zia Charitable Trust graft case : Court fixes Sep 20 to deliver order

13 Sep,2018

The Dhaka special judge’s court-5 on Thursday fixed September 20 to deliver order on trial of jailed Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Charitable Trust case in her absence from the makeshift courtroom set up inside old Dhaka central Jail.

Judge Md Akhteruzzaman passed the order after holding a hearing.

The court said it would decide on ways to continue its proceedings in absence of the BNP chairperson.

Earlier, on Wednesday, the court adjourned the hearing of the case after the prosecution informed the court that the jail authorities told them that Khaleda Zia declined to appear before it.

Khaleda Zia’s counsel Sanaullah Mia in an application sought adjournment of the proceedings for a month. He said setting up court in jail was not right and they had written to the Chief justice seeking remedy to it and he wass yet to reply it.

Sanaullah said the court should adjourned for a month till the Chief justice gave his decision.

Sanaullah also said Khaleda Zia was ill and a writ petition had been filed with the High Court seeking order to ensure her treatment at any specialised hospital and the court was yet to decide on the petition.

Previously, the proceedings used to take place at a makeshift court in Bakshibazar area but on September 4, the law ministry issued a gazette notification, saying the proceedings in the Zia Charitable Trust case would be held at the old central jail on Nazimuddin Road.

The decision, it said, was made taking Khaleda's security into consideration.

During the first hearing at the old central jail on September 6, Khaleda was produced before the court where she expressed a lack of confidence in the special court trying the graft case.

On August 8, 2011, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Charitable corruption case with Tejgaon Police Station in August 2011, accusing Khaleda and three others of abusing power to raise funds for the trust from unknown sources.

On February 8, the same special court awarded Khaleda five years' rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case and sentenced her elder son Tarique Rahman, now acting BNP chairman, and four others to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment each.

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