A Dhaka court on Thursday fixed November 5 to record the depositions more witnesses in the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and eight others.On Thursday, Mesbaul Haque, former General Manager of Sonali Bank’s Principal Office. Earlier, in the morning, the lawyers of the accused including Begum Khaleda Zia cross-examined Walid Ahmed, cashier of Sonali Bank’s Dhaka Cantonment branch, Senior Officer Mamunuzzaman Shahjalal Islami Bank’s Kushtia branch, Metro-makers’ and Development Limited former Senior Officer Saiful Islam and Chowdhury MN Alam Assistant Director of Anti Corruption Commission (ACC).
Begum Khaleda Zia could not appear to the court as she is in London for her medical treatment.
The ACC filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July 3, 2008 with Ramna Model Police Station accusing Khaleda Zia, her son Tareque Rahman, now living in UK and four others for embezzling over Tk 2.10 crore which came as grant from a foreign bank for orphans.
Later, on August 8, 2011, the ACC filed 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 allegedly from unknown sources. The four other accused persons are former BNP lawmaker Kazi Salimul Haque, businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, Khaleda Zia’s former Principal Secretary Kamal Uddin Siddiqui and Momenur Rahman.
A makeshift court was set up on the playground of Government Alia Madrasa in Bakshibazar area of the city to conduct the trial process.