Khaleda’s Trust graft case hearing again on Sept 10

Khaleda’s Trust graft case hearing again on Sept 10

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A Dhaka court on Thursday adjourned till September 10 the hearing in the Zia Charitable and Orphanage Trust graft cases filed against BNP Chief Begum Khaleda Zia and others.
Judge Abu Ahmed Jamader of the Special Judge Court-3 conducted his court at the make shift court, setup on Alia Madrasa premises of Bakshibazar area on Thursday.During day’s proceedings, the defence counsels completed the cross examinations of the complainant, Sonali Bank’s  Senior Officer Insan Uddin Ahmed and Cash Officer Shahjahan Khan of the bank in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
Later, the court recorded deposition of three other witnesses of seized list on the case. They are Pubali Bank senior principal officer SM Islmail and Janata Bank (Saat Masjid Road branch) GM Sheikh Maqbul and Fahmida Rahman.
With the deposition recording of the trio, seven witnesses gave the deposition in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case. And four witnesses were also cross-examined by defence lawyers. On August 10, another accused Ziaul Islam Munna’s lawyer Aminul Islam cross-examined him in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the graft case on July 3, 2008 with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda, her elder son Tarique Rahman and four others of embezzling Tk over 2.10-crore, which came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.
The other accused are former BNP lawmaker Kazi Saleemul Haque, business-man Sharfuddin Ahmed, Khaleda’s former Principal Secretary Kamal Uddin Siddiqui and Momenur Rahman.
On August 8, 2011, ACC filed the case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.
The other accused persons 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 un-divided Dhaka City Corporation. – Special Correspondent

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