Zia Orphanage Trust Graft Case

Two more bank officials testify against Khaleda, Tarique

Staff Correspondent

23 September, 2016 12:00 AM printer

Two more bank officials on Thursday testified before a Dhaka special judge’s court against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman and four others in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
However, the BNP chief Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman did not appear before the court during the trial proceedings. But their counsels represented them in the court.
Judge Abu Ahmad Jamadar of Dhaka Special Judge’s court-3 recorded depositions of the two prosecution witnesses and adjourned trial proceedings till September 29.
The two bank officials are Omar Kabir and Sirajul Islam. They are now posting at the head office of Prime Bank Ltd as EVP and senior officer respectively.
Earlier in the day, the court also recorded cross-examinations of six prosecution witnesses who earlier gave deposition in the case. Defence lawyers including Khaleda’s counsel Abdur Razzak cross examined them.
With the new two, a total of 30 witnesses gave their depositions before the court in the graft case.
On July 3, 2008, the ACC filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with Ramna police station against six people for embezzlement of over Tk 2.1 crore by forming a “fake” trust which existed only on paper. The other accused are former lawmaker Kazi Salimul Haque Kamal, Businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, former secretary to PM office Dr Kamal Siddique and Ziaur Rahman’s nephew Mominur Rahman. Of them, Kamal Siddique and Mominur are on the run since filing of the case while the rest of the accused are on bail.