Graft case: Khaleda’s petition for further probe dismissed

A special court in Dhaka today fixed February 9 for placing BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's self-defence statements in connection with Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases.

Judge Abu Ahmed Jomadar of Special Judge's Court-3 in Bakshibazar dismissed a petition filed by Khaleda seeking further investigation into the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.

The judge read out the charges brought against her in the cases by 32 prosecution witnesses, said Zia Uddin Zia, one of her lawyers.

The court also dismissed another petition filed by Khaleda that expressed “no confidence” in the judge and sought adjournment of reading the charges against her.

Later it set the date in presence of Khaleda. She appeared before the makeshift court in Bakshibazar around 11:40am.

Today, she was scheduled to produce her self-defence statement in the Zia Charitable Trust case and attend the further hearing of Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

As per the statement of Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case, the BNP chief, her son Tarique Rahman, and four others embezzled Tk 2.1 crore by forming the charity that exists only on paper.

According to the charge sheet of the Zia Charitable Trust graft case, Khaleda and three others abused their power to collect Tk 6.19 crore for the trust during the BNP-led government's tenure between 1991 and 1996.

source: Daily star