Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia, who is now in London for treatment, would return home before November 7, said her lawyer.
Khaleda’s lawyer Masud Ahmed Chowdhury informed this Dhaka Special Judge’s Court 3 at its makeshift courtroom in Bakhshibazar proceeding two graft cases—Zia charitable trust and Zia orphanage trust—against Khaleda Zia.
Masud requested the court to hold hearing in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases in presence of Khaleda Zia as she would return home before November 7.
The court earlier accepted several time petitions from the defence lawyers as Khaleda was abroad.
Accepting defence petition, Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar set November 5 for the next hearing in the two cases.
On August 8, 2011, the Anti Corruption Commission filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.
ACC deputy director Harunur Rashid, also an investigation officer of the case, pressed charges against the accused on January 16, 2012.
Besides, the ACC filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July 3, 2008 with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda Zia, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, now living in the UK after securing bail, and four others for misappropriating over Tk2.10 crore which came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.
On August 5, 2010, Harunur Rashid submitted a charge-sheet to the court in the case against six people, including BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.