A Dhaka court has decided that the trial proceedings in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case at the old central jail will continue in the absence of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Judge Court-5 passed the order today following a petition submitted by the prosecution.
The trial proceedings in the corruption case had taken place at a makeshift court in Bakshibazar area previously.
On September 5, the special court was shifted to the old central jail in Nazimuddin Road in Old Dhaka where the BNP chief has been serving jail after she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8.
But, Khaleda Zia refused to appear before the court set up at the old Dhaka central jail.
The judge then adjourned the hearing of the case for the day after the prosecution informed the court about Khaleda Zia’s unwillingness to appear before it.
On September 13, the prosecution filed a petition seeking completion of the trial in the absence of Khaleda as she did not appear before the court in the last several months due to illness.