Hearing of Khaleda’s graft cases deferred to 26 February

MNA National Desk: A special court on Thursday deferred the hearing on Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage corruption cases against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia until 26 February.

Judge Abu Ahmed Jomadar of the Special Judge Court-3 approved the order at Bakshibazar’s makeshift court in response to a time petition filed by Khaleda’s lawyer Sanaullah Mia.

Earlier on 9 February, a special court fixed 16 February for hearing on the two graft cases against Khaleda.

The court on February 2 dismissed the petition. Later, she moved for the High Court to transfer the case from the special court.

The ACC filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on 3 July 2008 with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda Zia, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, now living in the UK after securing bail, and four others for misappropriating over Tk 21. 0 million (2.10 crore) that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.

In 2011, the ACC accused the BNP chief and three others of misappropriating Tk3.15 crore from the Zia Charitable Trust fund.

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