Khaleda's bail in a second case extended by a day

Khaleda’s bail in a second case extended by a day


Dhaka, Feb 25 – The Special Judge Court-5 of Dhaka on Sunday postponed the hearing in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case until Monday and extended the bail to BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia till that date.
Judge Dr Md Akterruzzaman of the court passed the order on Sunday and the BNP chief's counsel pleaded for extension of her bail.Earlier, on February 8, the same court sentenced the former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to five years in the prison over the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
At the start of Sunday’s hearing, Khaleda Zia counsel Sanaullah Mia said the High Court had agreed to hear the BNP chief’s petition for bail on Sunday afternoon and requested that the hearing be rescheduled to Monday and her bail in the case extended until then.
Anti-Corruption Commission lawyer Mosharraf Hossain then said, the court should order Khaleda Zia be brought to court on Monday.
Another member of the BNP Chief’s team, Abdul Rezak Khan, requested the court not to make such an order as they were waiting for hearing bail at the High Court.
At the end of the hearing Judge Dr Akhtaruzzaman extended the bail until Monday.
On August 8, 2010, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a case against five BNP leaders, including Khaleda, accusing them of embezzling Tk 31.54 million from the Zia Charitable Trust case.
The charges were submitted on January 16, 2012, by the ACC investigation officer. On March 19, 2013, the suspects were indicted.
The other accused in the case are Khaleda Zia’s former political secretary Harris Chowdhury, his former personal assistant Ziaul Islam Munna, who is now the acting director, naval security and traffic of BIWTA, and former Dhaka City mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka’s personal assistant Monirul Islam Khan. – Special Correspondent


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