Khaleda’s Trust graft cases next hearing 27 Aug

Khaleda’s Trust graft cases next hearing 27 Aug

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A Dhaka court yesterday set August 27 as the next date for recording the depositions in the Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases.
Dhaka’s third Special Judge Abu Ahmed Jamader of passed the order after a defendant’s counsel completed partial cross-examination of the complainant of Zia Charitable Trust graft case, ACC Deputy Director Harun-or-Rashid.
Another accused Ziaul Islam Munna’s lawyer Aminul Islam cross-examined him in the Zia Charitable Trust Case on Monday noon.On August 27, another accused Monirul Islam Khan’s lawyer TM Akber Rashid will cross-examine the complainant. Besides, the court asked Munna not to leave country without its permission.
Most of the accused, who were on bail, excluding BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, appeared to the court on Monday. Earlier this morning, the BNP Chairperson’s lawyers filed four petitions seeking six-week adjournment of the trial proceedings in the Zia Charitable Trust and Orphanage Trust graft cases on the ground of Khaleda Zia’s illness and foreign trip for treatment.
The court granted plea of Khaleda Zia to skip the appearance to the court in person and recorded other petitions to hear later.
Zia Orphanage Case
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the graft case on July 3, 2008 with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda, her son Tarique Rahman and four others of misappropriating over Tk 2.10-crore, which came as grant from a foreign bank for orphans.
The other accused are former BNP lawmaker Kazi Saleemul Haque, businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, Khaleda’s former Principal Secretary Kamal Uddin Siddiqui and Momenur Rahman.
Zia Charitable Trust Case
On August 8, 2011, the 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 in the case are Harris Chowdhury, Ziaul Islam Munna, Assistant Private Secretary (APS) to Harris, and Monirul Islam Khan, APS to Sadeque Hossain Khoka, mayor of the then Dhaka City Corporation. – Special Correspondent

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