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12:00 AM, December 07, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:10 AM, December 07, 2016

Graft Case

Khaleda seeks stay on trial proceedings

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday filed a petition with the High Court seeking a stay on trial proceedings of the Zia charitable trust corruption case.

She submitted the petition through her lawyers also seeking cancellation of statements recorded by the trial court of 32 prosecution witnesses of the case.

Khaleda in the petition said the recording of the witnesses' statements did not take place under the criminal rules and procedures.

The HC will hold a hearing on the petition today, ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan told The Daily Star.

Khaleda Zia challenged the proceedings of the case at the HC and Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court several times, he said.

Both the divisions of the apex court has cleared the way for the trial court to run the trial proceedings of the case, he said, adding that the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) will contest yesterday's petition before the HC during its hearing.

On August 8, 2011, the ACC lodged the Zia Charitable graft case against Khaleda and three others for abusing power in setting up the charity.

Other accused are Harris Chowdhury, Khaleda's former political secretary, Ziaul Islam Munna, assistant private secretary (APS) of Harris, and Monirul Islam Khan, APS of former Dhaka City Corporation mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka. Harris Chowdhury is now absconding. 

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