Khaleda petitions AD to stay Zia Charitable Trust case proceedings

19 Oct,2018

Jailed former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s provisional application was on Thursday filed by her lawyers in the Appellate Division seeking stay on Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Charitable Trust Case proceedings.

The trial court is scheduled to deliver its verdict in her absence on October 29.
The stay on the proceedings was sought until a regular application was filed in the Appellate Division seeking leave to appeal against a High Court Division order allowing the trial court to continue her trial in the case in her absence.
Her lawyer Kayser Kamal told CNC on Thursday that a regular application would be filed in the Appellate Division after getting a certified copy of the High Court Division’s order.
On Sunday, he said, senior lawyer AJ Mohammad Ali would move the provisional application.
He said that, on September 20, after the Anti- Corruption Commission filed an application the trial court gave the unprecedented order to hold her trial in her absence.
He said trying a detained person in her absence is unprecedented. 
On October 16, special judge 5 Akhtaruzzaman announced that, on October 29 he would deliver his verdict in the Zia Charitable Trust Case without hearing her lawyers’ arguments.
The judge had set the date after rejecting a petition filed by Khaleda’s defence counsel for an adjournment of the proceedings on the ground that she would prefer an appeal against the High Court order that rejected her appeal against her absentia trial.
On September 4 the government took the unprecedented move to shift the former prime minister’s trial proceedings inside the Old Dhaka Central Jail.
She is the lone person to be jailed in the abandoned Old Dhaka Central Jail since February 8 in the Zia Orphanage Trust Case.
She is now under treatment at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.
The BSMMU cabin in which she is under treatment was declared sub-jail before shifting her there.

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