Arrest warrant against Khaleda for 2 cases

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Pns: Arrest warrants have been issued against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in two separate cases filed against her in connection with Zia Orphanage Trust graft case and over undermining Bangladesh's map, its national flag and liberation war, reports UNB.

'Zia Orphanage Trust graft case'

Dhaka Special Court-5 Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman passed the order in response to a petition filed by the state seeking an arrest warrant against her for going to London without court's permission.

Khaleda's counsel Sanaullah Miah submitted a time petition to the makeshift court of Special Judge-5 at Bakshibazar citing his clients' stay in Landon for treatment.

The court also sent two others accused in the case - former MP Kazi Salimul Haque Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed - to jail cancelling their bail.

Earlier on July 20, a petition was filed with the court seeking a warrant for the arrest of Khaleda Zia in the graft case for going to London without court's permission.

Besides, the hearing on the Zia Charitable Trust graft case against the BNP chief and others is underway at the same court.

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.

'Undermining Bangladesh's map, its national flag and liberation war'

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Nur Nabi issued the order this morning after hearing a petition seeking Khaleda’s arrest.

The court also set November 12 for next hearing.

Earlier on September 17, the same court ordered Khaleda Zia to appear before it on October 5 or face arrest warrant if fails to comply with the order in the case.

President of Jananetri Parishad, a pro-Awami League organisation, AB Siddique filed the petition as Khaleda did not appear before the court following its previous order.

Earlier on March 22, the court had issued a summon order asking Khaleda to appear before it on September 12 but the BNP chairperson failed.

Earlier on November 3 in 2016, AB Siddique had filed the case with the court accusing Khaleda of undermining the country's map, national flag and liberation war.

After hearing the allegations, the court directed the officer-in-charge of Tejgaon Police Station to investigate the matter and submit a report to it.

On February 25, Moshiur Rahman, officer-in -charge (investigation) of the police station, submitted the probe report to the court, mentioning the allegations were found true.

PNS/Tamanna Khan

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