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Two graft cases

Arrest warrants against Khaleda

UNB

Warrants of arrest were issued against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia by a Dhaka Court yesterday in the Zia Orphanage and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases, reports UNB. Dhaka Special Court-5 Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman passed the order rejecting a petition filed by the defendant seeking adjournment of the hearing as the BNP chief failed to appear before it due to the eight-hour hartal. Following the issue of the arrest warrants, BNP announced demonstrations across the country, including the capital, on Sunday to protest the court order.

Khaleda's counsels Barrister Mahabub Uddin Khokon and Sanaullah Miah submitted a petition to the makeshift court of Special Judge-5 at Bakshibazar citing his clients' delay in court appearance due to hartal on security ground. As the BNP chief was in bail till today, the court issued arrest warrant against her cancelling the bail, the counsels said.

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 commission filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abuse of power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources. Khaleda gets bail in two graft cases.

BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the protest programme at a press conference at BNP's Nayapaltan central office yesterday.

He alleged that the arrest warrants were issued as part of the government's a blueprint. "The move was taken with a political motive."

Rizvi said the government's 'vindictive' attitude has got exposed with the court order. "We strongly protest and condemn it."

He said their party leaders and activists will stage demonstrations in all metropolitan cities, including Dhaka and all district towns, on Sunday protesting the arrest warrants.

He demanded immediate withdrawal of the court order.

Rizvi said their chairperson could not go to the court on security ground as the left-leaning parties enforced an eight-hour countrywide hartal protesting the fresh power tariff hike.

He said Khaleda's counsel also filed a petition seeking adjournment in today's hearing due to the hartal. "Even, the lawyers in the petition mentioned that she wanted to appear before the court after the hartal hours. But the court issued the arrest warrants rejecting the petition. This order is contrary to justice."

The BNP leader said their party thinks the order was issued at the behest of the government.

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