Graft trial can continue in Khaleda's absence: HC

Published: October 14, 2018 13:32:13 | Updated: October 14, 2018 21:59:21

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia seen in this undated Focus Bangla photo

The High Court (HC) has cleared the way to continue the trial proceedings of Zia Charitable Trust graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in her absence.

A bench of Justice Obaidul Hasan and Justice SM Kuddus Zaman passed the order on Sunday, rejecting a review petition filed by Khaleda Zia.

"Now there is no legal bar to continue the trial proceedings of the case in Khaleda's absence," said Anti-Corruption Commission lawyer Khursid Alam Khan.

Earlier on September 27, Khaleda Zia filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging a lower court's decision that trial can be conducted in her absence.

She had the petition filed by Barrister Kaiser Kamal, a counsel for her.

Khaleda Zia is now serving jail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, which started on February 8 of this year.

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