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SC clears way for trial of Khaleda in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case

| Updated: October 30, 2017 23:46:43

Graft trial against Khaleda to continue: Top court

Trial of Zia Orphanage Trust graft case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia can continue at a lower court in Dhaka city, a top court order says.

Acting Chief Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah heading a four-member bench of the Appellate Division passed ‘no-order’ on a stay plea after hearing on the petition on Monday.

The petition in brief is that her lawyer should be allowed further cross-examining nine prosecution witnesses, staying the trial proceedings and recording deposition of the witnesses of the case.

Lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan, who represented the Anti-Corruption Commission, said now there is no legal bar for continuing the trial proceedings in the case.

On July 3, 2008, Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case with Ramna Police Station accusing six people, including Khaleda and her son Tarique Rahman.

According to the case statement, they misappropriated over Tk 21.0 million (2.10 crore) that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.

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