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Khaleda faces court on graft charges Sunday

WT24 Desk

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will appear before a special court here on Sunday to defend herself in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case, agencies report. “BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will appear before the court on Sunday,” her counsel Sanaullah Mia told UNB on Saturday.

On April 7, Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of Dhaka Special Judge Court 3, set up on the playground of Govt Alia Madrasah in the capital’s Bakshibazar, fixed April 17 for the accused to appear before the court to defend themselves in the case.

The court also fixed April 21 for the deposition of the witnesses in the Zia Orphanage Trust case. On August 8, 2011, the ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abuse of power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.

Besides, the ACC filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July 3, 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.

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