Update February 25, 2015

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Arrest warrant for Khaleda Zia

Sumel Sarker

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Zia Trusts graft cases,Khaleda faces arrest warrant

25 February 2015, Nirapad News: A Dhaka court has issued arrest warrant against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in two graft cases.

Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar, special judge-3 of Dhaka, passed the order on Wednesday, cancelling the time petition filed by Khaleda’s lawyer.

The court also issued arrest warrant against former BNP lawmaker Kazi Salimul Haque and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed in Zia orphanage graft case.

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has again skipped the deposition hearing in the cases for security issues on Wednesday. Earlier on January 29, the BNP chief skipped the hearing and her lawyer said: “She [Khaleda Zia] could not appear before the court as she is ill due to her son’s death and for security reasons as well.

After hearing the petitions, the court cancelled her bail and issued arrest warrant saying “Lawyers of Khaleda Zia were asked to produce their client before the court on Wednesday but they did not do that.”  Besides, in 63 hearing dates in the two cases, the BNP chairperson appeared before the court only for seven days, the court added. Later, the court started recording deposition of deputy director of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Harun-ur-Rashid, also plaintiff of the cases, in Zia Orphanage graft case.

Zia Orphanage Trust Case

The ACC filed the graft case on July 3, 2008 with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda, her eldest son Tarique Rahman and four others of misappropriating over Tk 2.10 crore which came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.

The other accused are former BNP lawmaker Kazi Saleemul Haque, businessperson Sharfuddin Ahmed, Khaleda’s former principal secretary Kamal Uddin Siddiqui and Momenur Rahman.

Zia Charitable Trust Case

On August 8, 2011, Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.

The other accused in the case are Harris Chowdhury, Ziaul Islam Munna, assistant private secretary (APS) to Harris, and Monirul Islam Khan, APS to Sadeque Hossain Khoka, mayor of the erstwhile Dhaka City Corporation.

In 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed a case 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 ACC accused the BNP chief and three others of misappropriating Tk 3.15 crore from the Zia Charitable Trust fund.

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