Khaleda to appear before court in graft case Thursday

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will appear before a special court here on Thursday and deliver her self-defence statement further in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

The BNP chief will go to the court around 11:00am, her media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan told UNB on Wednesday.

Khaleda started presenting her self-defence statement in the case before the makeshift court of Special Judge-5 at Bakshibazar on October 19.

As she could not complete her statement during the last four consecutive hearings, the court on November 9 gave her further time to end it tomorrow (Thursday).

Sayrul said Khaleda is unlikely to complete her self-defence statement on Thursday as well.

On July 3, 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda Zia, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, and four others for misappropriating over Tk 21.0 million (2.10 crore) that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.

On August 8, 2011, the

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