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Khaleda gets bail, finishes self-defence in graft case

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Dhaka Dec, 5 – After securing bail from the lower court in two graft cases, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Tuesday concluded her self-defence statements in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Following this major development, the trial proceeding of the Zia Orphanage Trust case is now at final stage as the court set December 19 to 21 for hearing final arguments from both parties. After concluding final arguments, the court will deliver its verdict in the case, the concerned lawyer said.
Earlier, in the morning yesterday, Dhaka’s makeshift court in Bakhshibazar granted bail to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases after she surrendered before the court.
The judge of Dhaka Special Judge’s Court-5, Akhtaruzzaman, passed the order, five days after arrest warrants issued by the same court against her after cancelling her bail in the cases.
After securing bail in the cases, the BNP chief gave her concluding self-defence statement for about three hours.
In her concluding statements, the BNP chief told the court that the cases were filed against her to keep away her and her son Tarique Rahman from the politics and it was filed with an ill-motive to politically harass the Zia family.
The former premier told the court that in most of the time the present prime minister and some of her cabinet members were giving false statements against me by complicating in the cases.
The similarity has been found between the false statements made by the state witness Harun-or-Rashid and prime minister and her cabinet members statements, which were given against me by complicating me in the case. It is cleared that the government has made Harun-or-Rashid as the plaintiff as well as the information officer of the case with an ill-motive, the BNP chief said.
It is a settled issue that the Zia Orphanage Trust is a private trust. There are no allegations of financial irregularities has made brought by any trust members. Zia Orphanage trust did not from the government fund. Assistant has been taken from the foreign in accordance with the law. The case was filed only to politically harass the Zia family, she added.
The plaintiff has failed to provide any specific allegations against me in the case. But, Harun-or-Rashid filed the case and submitted the charge sheet against me with false and fabricated allegations, the BNP chief noted.
Khaleda sought justice from the court and urged the court to acquit her of the case.
Earlier, the BNP chief appeared before the court at about 11.09am and sought bail in two graft cases. After a brief hearing, the court granted bail to BNP chief in two cases and started the proceedings of hearing self-defence statement in Zia Orphanage Trust case.
The BNP chief started her self-defence statements at about 11.37 am and continued till 2.24 with just four minutes break.
A number of BNP leaders and activists including Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Nazrul Islam Khan and Joynul Abedin Faruk were present at the court.
Huge numbers of party leaders and activists were also gathered in and around the old part of the city ahead of the BNP chief court appearance.
Earlier, on November 30, a Dhaka court cancelled Khaleda’s bail and issued arrest warrants against her in the cases.
The BNP chief could not appear before the court on November 30 due to a strike enforced by left parties.
On October 19, the makeshift court in Bakshibazar granted the BNP chief an ad-interim bail after she surrendered before it and sought bail.
On July 3 in 2008, Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda Zia, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, and four others for misappropriating over Tk 2.10 crore that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.
On August 8, 2011, the commission filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing of power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources. – Staff Reporter

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