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Verdict in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case against Khaleda on February 8

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The verdict in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman will be pronounced on February 8.

Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Court-5 in Dhaka set the date on Thursday afternoon after the defence closed their arguments and rebuttal.

Meanwhile, the court also fixed January 30, 31 and February 1 for the argument hearing in Zia Charitable Trust graft case.

The ACC filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July 3, 2008 with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, who is now living in the UK after securing bail, and four others for misappropriating over 21 million that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.

Four other accused are former BNP lawmaker Salimul Haq Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, former principal secretary to the PM Kamal Uddin Siddique and Mominur Rahman, nephew of late President Ziaur Rahman.

Kamal Uddin Siddique and Mominur Rahman have been absconding, as per UNB report.

On August 8, 2011, the commission filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abuse of power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.

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