BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday skipped the trial proceedings of the Zia Charitable and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases on health grounds.
“BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia could not appear before the court today (Thursday) as she is sick,” said her counsel Sanaullah Mia.
Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of Special Judge Court-3 fixed February 21 for next hearing.
A Dhaka court recorded statement of the complainant in the graft cases. On the day, the court also concluded recording testimonies of 32 witnesses, including that of the complainant, Harun-ur-Rashid on that day.
On August 8, 2011, the ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including the leader of BNP, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.
ACC deputy director Harun-ur Rashid, also an investigation officer of the case, pressed charges against the accused on January 16, 2012.
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, and four others for misappropriating over Tk21 million which came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.
On August 5, 2010, Harun-ur Rashid submitted a charge-sheet to the court in the case against six people, including BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, according to UNB. - Idrak