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Khaleda 'refuses' to attend hearing in jail court

Staff Reporter |
Inserted: 17:30, Wednesday 12 September 2018 || Updated: 21:32, Wednesday 12 September 2018

Khaleda 'refuses' to attend hearing in jail court - Politics

Dhaka: A special court set up at the old Dhaka central jail on Nazimuddin Road on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of Zia Charitable Trust corruption case after prosecution informed that BNP Chairperson was not willing to appear before the court.

Judge Md Akhteruzzaman of the Special Judge Court-5 adjourned the hearing of the case after the prosecution informed the court about Khaleda Zia’s unwillingness to appear before it.

The judge said the court will hold a hearing tomorrow on whether it should continue its proceedings in absence of Khaleda Zia.

Previously, the proceedings used to take place at a makeshift court in Bakshibazar area but on September 4, the law ministry issued a gazette notification, saying the proceedings in the Zia Charitable Trust case would be held at the old central jail on Nazimuddin Road.

The decision, it said, was made taking Khaleda's security into consideration.

On September 6, during the first hearing at the old central jail Khaleda was produced before the court where she expressed a lack of confidence in the special court trying the graft case.

In August 2011, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Charitable corruption case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing Khaleda and three others of abusing power to raise funds for the trust from unknown sources.

On May 29, the Supreme Court stayed the High Court orders that granted bail to Khaleda Zia in two criminal cases including the arson case.

Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division Justice Hasan Foez Siddique passed the order after two petitions were filed by the government seeking stay on the HC bail orders.


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