Lawyers of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Tuesday concluded closing arguments before the court and claimed that her involvement was not proved in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
On the 10th day of placing arguments from Khaleda, Barrister Moudud Ahmed concluded the arguments around 1:30pm as her fifth lawyer, seeking acquittal of the BNP chief.
Earlier in the day, Khaleda Zia appeared before the court of Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Dhaka Special Judge’s Court-5 set up in the capital’s Bakshibazar area around 11:30am.
“We could not operate the case freely. It was a coercive trial … not a trial at all,” said Moudud while placing the closing argument in favour of Khaleda.
At the conclusion of his argument, the former law minister also said, “We hope you [judge] will consider everything and come to decide to let off my client [Khaleda] with respect and honour.”
Earlier, Khaleda’s lawyers Abdur Rezak Khan, Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, AJ Mohammad Ali and Barrister Zamiruddin Sircar also placed their arguments in favour of Khaleda.
After conclusion of arguments on behalf of Khaleda, Advocate Ahsanullah started placing argument in favour of another accused, businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed.
After recording arguments, the court adjourned the trial proceedings till Wednesday in the cases.
After conclusion of placing defence arguments on behalf of five more accused, the court will fix date to deliver verdict in the long-pending case.
On December 19, the prosecution concluded placing argument, seeking life imprisonment for BNP chief Khaleda in the case.
On August 8, 2011, the ACC filed the charitable trust case with Tejgaon Police Station, accusing four persons, including Khaleda, of abusing power in raising funds.
On July 3 in 2008, the ACC filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with Ramna Police Station, accusing Khaleda, her son Tarique Rahman and four others, of embezzling over Tk 2.10 crore..