The Special Judge’s Court-3 of Dhaka yesterday (Thursday) fixed November 12 for further hearing in Zia Orphanage Trust and Charitable Trust graft cases filed against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and others.Judge Abu Ahmed Jomadar of the court, set up on Alia Madrasa premises of Bakshibazar area in the city fixed the date on Thursday.
During the day’s hearing, defense counsel Abdur Razzak Khan cross-examined 18th witness, Sonali Bank’s Acting General Manager Mezbaul Haque in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
Later, the court recorded depositions of two more witnesses. The seizure list of the case includes their names. They are Metro Makers and Developers Limited’s Managing Directors (MD) AFM Jahangir Hossain and DMD Mainul Imran Chowdhury.
Later, the court fixed the next date of the cases when the two witnesses will be
Cross-examined. With their testimonies, the number witnesses testified in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case rose to 20.
Khaleda’s counsel Advocate Sanaullah Mia filed a petition seeking his client’s exemption from personal appearance and the court granted the prayer.
Besides, the same court kept the hearing of Zia Orphanage Trust graft case adjourned as an application of the defense seeking ‘leave to appeal’ in the case is still pending with the High Court Division of the Supreme Court.
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July 3, 2008 with Ramna Model Police Station accusing Khaleda, her eldest son Tarique Rahman and four others of misappropriating Tk over 2.10-crore, which came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.
On August 8, 2011, ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Model Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing official position in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.