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Case against Khaleda in final stages

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The trial process of a graft case against the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson, Khaleda Zia, is almost at its final stages.Khaleda’s counsels have completed quizzing the investigation officer of the Zia Charitable Trust graft case on Thursday.Now the counsels of two other accused in the case will cross-examine the investigation officer and then the two sides will present their arguments before the court.The court will fix a date for delivering the verdict in the case after hearing the arguments.Khaleda’s counsel Joynal Abedin Mejbah told that a total of 13 cases were filed against the BNP chairperson during the regime of AL government and three were filed during the time of army-backed caretaker government.Charges of killing, planning acts of sabotage, sedition, defamation and corruption were brought against Khaleda in these cases, said the lawyer.
Another counsel of Khaleda said the Zia Charitable Trust graft case might be disposed of shortly given the way in which the trial process is proceeding.“The Awami League government is bent on meting out punishment to Khaleda Zia,” he alleged.Lawyer of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) Mir Ahmed Ali Salam said the hearing on the arguments will be held shortly after quizzing the investigation officer and the verdict will follow that hearing session.The date of next hearing session will be held on 11 February.Other cases against Khaleda: Niko Graft case awaits beginning of the trial process while Khaleda’s petition challenging the legality of GATCO and Barapukuria graft cases are pending with the High Court.Khaleda was accused in three cases in connection with an arson attack in the capital’s Jatrabari.
Besides, the former prime minister was also accused in a case with Gulshan police station under the explosives act, two others with Comilla’s Chouddagram police station and another one with Khulna police station, alleging that she planned acts of sabotage. Investigations are underway in these cases.
source:desk of Greenwatch

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