Dhaka – Former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on Thursday appeared before a court as it began hearing into a graft case filed over alleged plundering of money from an orphanage, officials said on Thursday.
Khaleda, also the chief of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, came to the court at 11:45am of the day at city’s Bakhshibazar, Sayrul Kabir Khan, BNP media wing spokesman, said.
Earlier, a Dhaka court on December 1 asked Khaleda to appear before it on December 8 to place her statements in connection with Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
The defence side cross examined the witnesses.
Haris Chowdhury, Khaleda’s former political secretary, Ziaul Islam Munna, assistant private secretary of Haris, and Monirul Islam Khan, APS of former Dhaka City Corporation mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka also include in the case.
Harris remained absconding for years while Monirul and Munna are on bail.
Security in and around the court building was tightened.
The BNP chief on November 10 appeared before a special court in Dhaka for cross-examination in the corruption case.
The Anti-Corruption Commission filed a case in 2008 against six, including Khaleda Zia and her eldest son Tarique Rahman, for allegedly misusing Tk 2.1 crore from the Zia Orphanage Trust funds.
In 2011, the graft watchdog accused the BNP chief and three others of misappropriating Tk 3.15 crore from the charity, named after the founder of the party Ziaur Rahman.