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Published: 2018-09-05 09:38:43 | Updated: 2018-09-05 09:38:43

'Punish me as long as you want, I won't appear'

The trial proceedings of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Charitable Trust graft case began around 12:15pm on Wednesday at a makeshift court set up inside the old Dhaka central jail on Nazimuddin Road in absence of her lawyers. Informing the court about her illness, Khaleda Zia said, "I am sick. I won't appear here frequently. My left foot and hand have almost been paralysed. Here is the medical report. You can keep an eye on the report. How much I am ill can be verified by the report." The BNP chief who entered the court on wheelchair also told the court, “Punish me as much as you want, punish me as long as you want.” The former prime minister said this after appearing before Special Judge Court-5 in connection with Zia Charitable Trust corruption case. The special court was shifted to the old central jail in Nazimuddin Road in Old Dhaka. The Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Court-5 adjourned the hearing till September 12. Earlier in the day, security measures were beefed up in and around central jail area in Old Dhaka's Nazimuddin Road over setting up a makeshift court there for the trial of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Charitable Trust graft case. Additional police were also deployed in the area. The law ministry issued a gazette yesterday, saying the proceedings in the Zia Charitable Trust case would now be held at the old Dhaka central jail on Nazimuddin Road. The decision was made taking Khaleda's security into consideration. On August 8, 2011, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against the BNP chief and three others for misappropriating Tk3.15 crore from the Zia Charitable Trust Fund. The others accused in the case are Khaleda’s former political secretary Harris Chowdhury, his former personal assistant Ziaul Islam Munna and former Dhaka City mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka’s personal assistant Monirul Islam Khan.

'Punish me as long as you want, I won't appear'

The trial proceedings of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Charitable Trust graft case began around 12:15pm on Wednesday at a makeshift court set up inside the old Dhaka central jail on Nazimuddin Road in absence of her lawyers. Informing the court about her illness, Khaleda Zia said, "I am sick. I won't appear here frequently. My left foot and hand have almost been paralysed. Here is the medical report. You can keep an eye on the report. How much I am ill can be verified by the report." The BNP chief who entered the court on wheelchair also told the court, “Punish me as much as you want, punish me as long as you want.” The former prime minister said this after appearing before Special Judge Court-5 in connection with Zia Charitable Trust corruption case. The special court was shifted to the old central jail in Nazimuddin Road in Old Dhaka. The Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Court-5 adjourned the hearing till September 12. Earlier in the day, security measures were beefed up in and around central jail area in Old Dhaka's Nazimuddin Road over setting up a makeshift court there for the trial of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Charitable Trust graft case. Additional police were also deployed in the area. The law ministry issued a gazette yesterday, saying the proceedings in the Zia Charitable Trust case would now be held at the old Dhaka central jail on Nazimuddin Road. The decision was made taking Khaleda's security into consideration. On August 8, 2011, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against the BNP chief and three others for misappropriating Tk3.15 crore from the Zia Charitable Trust Fund. The others accused in the case are Khaleda’s former political secretary Harris Chowdhury, his former personal assistant Ziaul Islam Munna and former Dhaka City mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka’s personal assistant Monirul Islam Khan.
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