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Khaleda Zia to appear before court today

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GBnews24 desk:

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to appear before a Dhaka court on Thursday to place her self-defence statements in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases.

Earlier, on 16 November, Special Judge Court-5 Judge Mohammad Akhteruzzaman issued an order asking the BNP chief to appear before the court on 23 November as she complete her self-defence statements in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on that day and sought more time.

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

ACC deputy director Harunur Rashid, also an investigation officer of the case, pressed the charges against the accused on January 16, 2012.

The ACC filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July 3, 2008 with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda Zia, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, now living in the UK after securing bail, and four others for misappropriating over Tk 21. 0 million (2.10 crore) that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.