Moudud says prosecution failed to prove graft charges against Khaleda

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Rezak Khan referred to the ACC statement presented to the Supreme Court. He said ACC told Appellate Division that Khaleda Zia had abused her when she was prime minister but it failed to provide any evidence.

“You cannot say anything (before court) based on guesswork.”

“It is said in the chargesheet that Khaleda’s approval was taken but there is no proof,” he argued and added, “It is also not true that the Trust is invisible or traceless.”

The hearing resumes Wednesday.

Three other lawyers for the BNP chief, Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, AJ Mohammad Ali and Jamiruddin Sircar, are likely to take part in the arguments.

Anti-Corruption Commission lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajol presented the State’s arguments on Dec 20.

Judge Akhtaruzzaman has set aside Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to hear the arguments of the defence.

Khaleda has already presented her statement over seven days, wrapping it up on Dec 5.

Of the other defendants, former MP Kazi Salimul Haque Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed are out on bail.

On Jan 26 this year, a warrant was issued for Khaleda’s son Tarique Rahman, who has been in the UK for the last nine years and has warrants in several others cases.

The two others accused in the case—former principal secretary to the PM Kamal Uddin Siddique and one Mominur Rahman, nephew of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman, are absconding.

The Anti-Corruption Commission started the case in 2008, accusing Khaleda and five others of embezzling Tk 21 million from foreign aid collected for the Zia Orphanage Trust.

The court started the trial in 2014, around five years after the investigator submitted the charges. The final verdict will follow the hearing of the state and defence arguments.

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