BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia. File photo
A Dhaka court on Tuesday fixed October 29 for pronouncing the verdict in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case filed against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and three other accused.
The Court of Dhaka’s Special Judge-5 Dr Akhteruzzaman has fixed the date after rejecting the petition filed by Khaleda’s lawyer seeking adjournment of the hearing as they will challenge the High Court that cleared the way for holding the trail in the case in absence of Khaleda.
Khaleda’s lawyer Mohammad Sanaullah Miah confirmed the news.
The three other accused in the case are--Harris Chowdhury, political secretary of the then prime minister Khaleda between 2001 and 2006; Ziaul Islam Munna, assistant private secretary to Harris; and Monirul Islam Khan, APS to former Dhaka city mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka.
Earlier on August 8, 2011, the ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.
Khaleda Zia has been serving five-year rigorous imprisonment at Old Central Jail, as she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8 last.
The BNP chairperson is now undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) under a special medical board formed by the government.