The Special Judge Court-3 of Dhaka yesterday (Thursday) fixed December 21 for further hearing in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases filed against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and others. Judge Abu Ahmed Jomadar of the makeshift court set up on Alia Madrasa premises at Bakshibazar in city fixed the new date.
Khaleda Zia was absent from Thursday’s hearing again in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case on health ground.
On Thursday, defence lawyers cross-examined Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) Assistant Director Nazmul Ahsan, the 26th witness in the Zia Charitable Trust Graft case. The BNP Chief Khaleda Zia’s lawyer, Advocate Abdur Rezzak Khan also testified the witness.
Besides, four new witnesses testified in the case. They are Sonali Bank Headquarters DGM Abdul Gafur, AGM MA Harun-or-Rashid, Mirpur Industrial Area branch manager Harun-or-Rashid Fakir and the bank’s GM Amin Uddin Ahmed. Later, the court fixed December 21 for cross-examination of the new witnesses and recording the depositions of more witnesses.
The court decided to record the depositions of ACC Deputy Director and also the Investigator of the case Harun-or-Rashid on December 21.
Besides, the court set December 14 to record the depositions and cross-examination of the witnesses in the Zia Orphanage Trust Graft case as an application of the defence seeking ‘leave to appeal’ is yet to be settled at the High Court Divsion.
The ACC filed the Zia Orphanage Trust Graft case on July 3, 2008 with Ramna Model Police Station accusing Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman and four others of misappropriating more than
Tk 2.10 crore, which received as grants from a foreign bank for orphans. The other suspected persons are former BNP lawmaker Kazi Saleemul Haque, businessperson Sharfuddin Ahmed, Khaleda’s former Principal Secretary Kamal Uddin Siddiqui and Momenur Rahman.
On August 8, 2011, the ACC filed the Ziia Charitable Trust Graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing official position in raising fund for the trust from unknown sources. The other accused in the case are Harris Chowdhury, Ziaul Islam Munna, Assistant Private Secretary (APS) to Harris, Monirul Islam Khan and APS to Sadeque Hossain Khoka, mayor of the erstwhile combined Dhaka City Corporation.