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Hearing on Khaleda's graft case adjourned till Nov 2

A Dhaka court has adjourned the hearing of Zia Orphanage Trust graft case against Begum Khaleda Zia and five others till Nov 2 as the Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson continued placing her statement in self defence.

"Judge Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman of Dhaka fifth special judge court set the date as the BNP chief continued placing statement in self-defence for the second day," a court official said on Thursday (Oct 26).

Khaleda placed started placing her statement on Oct 19.

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

In August, 2011, the ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust case with Tejgaon Police Station, accusing four people, including Khaleda, of raising funds for the trust from unknown sources through abuse of power.