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Zia Charitable Trust graft case hearing adjourned till Jan 5

DHAKA, Dec 22, 2016 (BSS) - A Dhaka court today adjourned till January 5, 2017, the hearing of Zia Charitable Trust graft case against BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and four others.

"Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of Special Judge Court-3 adjourned the proceedings as Khaleda Zia pleaded for time," a court official said.

The BNP chief started placing her self-defence statement on December 1 but failed to finish it on that day and also allowed time on two scheduled date after that.

Deputy Director of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Harunur Rashid lodged the case against Khaleda and four others with Tejgaon Police Station on August 8, 2011, for embezzling Taka 31.5 million from the trust.

A total of 32 prosecution witnesses including the investigation officer have testified in the case.

The other three accused in the case are BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman, former DCC mayor Sadek Hossain Khoka's personal secretary Monirul Islam Khan, Khaleda's former political secretary Haris Chowdhury and BIWTA director Ziaul Islam Munna.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)