Thursday, 02 June 2016 12:27

Khaleda seeks more time in graft case hearing

< > Newsflash Correspondent BNP chief Khaleda Zia, who appeared in a Dhaka court on Thursday for a graft case hearing, has filed a petition to defer the hearing. The court of Dhaka’s Third Special Judge is hearing the Zia Charitable Trust graft case accusing the former premier of embezzling Tk 31.5 milion. It had fixed Thursday to hear Khaleda’s deposition for the trial. After skipping the deposition several times, the BNP chairperson arrived at the court at Old Dhaka’s Bakshibazar around 11am. On May 19, after rescheduling the hearing for fifth time, the court warned that an arrest warrant will be out for her if she failed to appear on Thursday. The ACC filed the case in 2010 against five people, including the three times premier and charges were pressed on four in 2012. Khaleda’s former political affairs secretary Haris Chowdhury, former BIWTA acting director Ziaul Islam Munna and former Dhaka mayor Sadek Hossain Khoka’s personal secretary Monirul Islam Khan are the three others accused in the case. In 2013, the trial began after the court indicted the four. On Mar 31 this year, the defence finished cross-examining the investigation officer ACC Deputy Director Harun ur Rashid. Two others accused in the case — Ziaul Islam Munna and Monirul Islam Khan — have pleaded not guilty while Haris Chowhdury is absconding. < >
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