Khaleda’s orphanage graft case next hearing Nov 19

Khaleda’s orphanage graft case next hearing Nov 19

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The Special Judge’s Court-3 of Dhaka on Thursday set November 19 for further hearing in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and others.
Judge Abu Ahmed Jomadar of the make shift court setup on Alia Madrasa premises in Bakshibazar area of the city fixed the date on Thursday.
During the proceedings of the day, Zakaria Khan, former accountant of Metro Makers and Developers Limited and Social Islami Bank’s Ziauddin S Ghurni testified in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case. Besides, the defence lawyers cross-examined , AFM Jahangir Hossain, MD of Metro Makers and Development Limited in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
Later, the court set the next date for cross-examination of three witnesses, including Metro Makers and Developers Limited DMD Mainul Imran Chowdhury and recording deposition of next witnesses. With recording their depositions the number witnesses rose to 22 in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.Khaleda Zia’s counsel Sanaullah Mia submitted a petition seeking her exemption from personal appearance to the court and continuation trial proceedings in her absence while the court granted the petition.
Meanwhile, the same court kept the hearing in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case adjourned as an appeal the defence seeking ‘leave to appeal’ is yet to be disposed of at the High Court Division of the Supreme Court.
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the graft case on July 3, 2008 with Ramna Model Police Station accusing Khaleda, her son Tarique Rahman and four others of  embezzling over Tk 2.10 crore, which came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.
The other accused are former BNP lawmaker Kazi Saleemul Haque, businessperson Sharfuddin Ahmed, Khaleda’s former principal secretary Kamal Uddin Siddiqui and Momenur Rahman.
On the other hand, on August 8, 2011, ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing official position in raising funds 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, APS to Sadeque Hossain Khoka, mayor of the erstwhile combined Dhaka City Corporation. – Special Correspondent

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