BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Tuesday secured bail in Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases after surrendered before a makeshift court in the capital’s Bakhshibazar area.
Judge Md Aktaruzzman of the Dhaka Special Judges Court-5 granted her bail after the BNP chief surrendered before the court and sought bail in the cases.
The court set November 19 for arguments hearing as Khaleda completed her self-defence statement on Tuesday in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case filed on July 3, 2008, against Khaleda her son Tarique Rahman and four others on charges of embezzlement of over Tk 2.1 crore.
Pleading justice before the court, Khaleda in her over two hours self-defence statements alleged that the corruption cases were filed to keep her away from politics and she is ‘innocent’.
Rejecting the allegation of embezzlement of over Tk 2.1 crore by forming Zia Orphanage trust, Khaleda also said “I was not abusing Prime Minister Power during my tenure”.
The court also fixed November 19 to hear defence witnesses testimony in Zia Charitable Trust graft case filed on August 8, 2011 accusing four people, including Khaleda on charges of abusing power in setting up the Zia Charitable Trust.
Earlier, on November 30, the same court issued arrest warrants for the former prime minister after cancelling her ad-interim bail as she failed to appear before the court on that day in the cases.