BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday pleaded not guilty and demanded justice during delivering her self-defence statement in Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
The BNP chief made the appeal after Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Dhaka Special Judge Court-5 read out charges from the statement of prosecution witnesses and asked her whether she was guilty or not in the case.
In reply to a question of the court, Khaleda Zia told the court she will place her self-defence statement in written format and submit a list of defence witnesses in the case.
After the hearing, the makeshift court set up at Bakshibazar in the capital fixed November 30 for next hearing in the case.
Meanwhile, Khaleda also placed her self-defence statement before the court in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. As she could not complete her statement during the last six consecutive hearings, the court gave her further time to end it on November 30.
Khaleda started presenting her self-defence statement in the case on October 19.
Earlier on the day, Khaleda appeared before the court at 11:00am in connection with the two cases amid tight security.
On August 8, 2011, the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) filed the Zia Charitable Trust case with Tejgaon Police Station, accusing four persons, including Khaleda, of abusing power in raising funds and its management.