Dhaka – Former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on Monday appeared before a court as it began hearing into a case filed over her alleged corruption, officials said.
Khaleda, also the chief of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, and her political deputies and cabinet colleagues were accused of plundering of money from an orphanage.
The BNP chief reached the court at 11:10am at city’s Bakhshibazar, lawyer Sanaullah Mia said.
Earlier, a Dhaka court on January 26 set the date January 30 asking Khaleda to appear before it 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 as several hundred opposition activists gathered in the area.
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 fund.
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.