BNP’s executive committee meeting underway at Le Meridian

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3 February, 2018 11:47 AM

BNP’s executive committee meeting underway at Le Meridian

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The daylong meeting of BNP’s National Executive Committee is being held at Hotel Le Meridian in the capital on Saturday.

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has participated in the meeting and is going to give new directives to her party leaders and activists as a court here in Dhaka set to deliver verdict on February 8 in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case filed against Khaleda Zia and five other party men.

The meeting was begun around 11am today with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the chair.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir earlier told journalists: “Khaleda Zia will deliver her necessary directives to party leaders and activists on the current political situation across the country in the meeting of the National Executive Committee today.”

BNP sources say a total of 502 members of the national executive committee are expected to join the meeting today while the committee has been formed on August 6, 2016 after its national council held on March 19.

Earlier a Dhaka court on January 25, fixed February 8 for pronouncement the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and five others.

The Court of Dhaka’s Special Judge-5 Dr Akhteruzzaman has fixed the date after conducting hearing the closing arguments.

On December 19, the prosecution in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case concluded its arguments, seeking maximum punishment for all accused, including BNP chief Khaleda Zia in the case.

The deposition of 32 witnesses of the case was placed before the court in presence of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, the prime accused in the case, on the day.

The authorities of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) had filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case accusing Khaleda Zia, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, and four others of alleged embezzlement over Tk 2.1 crore that came as donations for orphans from abroad. The case has been filed with Ramna Police Station in the capital on July 3, 2008.

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will be disqualified for the upcoming general election if she is convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.