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Khaleda Zia on her way to court

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GBnews24 desk:

 Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia is on her way to court for delivering her self-defence statement further in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on Thursday morning.

The BNP chief left his Gulshan residence ‘Firoza’ at about 10:45am.

Khaleda Zia started presenting her self-defence statement in the case before the makeshift court of Special Judge-5 at Bakshibazar on October 19.

As she could not complete her statement during the last four consecutive hearings, the court on November 9 gave her further time to end it on Thursday.

Sayrul said Khaleda Zia is unlikely to complete her self-defence statement on Thursday as well.

On July 3, 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda Zia, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, and four others for misappropriating over Tk 21.0 million (2.10 crore) that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.

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.