Court fixes August 10 for holding charge framing hearing in 11 cases against Khaleda

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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. Star file photo

A Dhaka court today fixed August 10 for hearing on charge framing against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in 11 cases including a sedition case.

After a two-and-a-half-month-long vacation due Covid-19 pandemic, Judge KM Emrul Kayesh of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court set the new date for hearing in the cases.

Of the 11 cases, 10 were filed in the first three months of 2015 over arson attacks on vehicles. The other case was filed with a Dhaka court on charge of making seditious comments about the freedom fighters and the martyrs of the Liberation War of 1971.

Three other corruption cases against Khaleda -- Gatco, Niko and Boropukuria coalmine graft cases -- are now pending with three other courts in Dhaka.

Besides, two cases -- filed over undermining the national flag and observing "fake birthday" on August 15 -- are now pending with the Second Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka.

Moreover, several other cases, including three arson cases filed with Cumilla's Chaddagram Police Station, are also now pending with different Cumilla courts.

Khaleda Zia, who is now out of jail following an executive order from the government, is staying at her Gulshan residence.

She was earlier released from the capital's Evercare Hospital after 54 days of treatment for Covid infections and other physical complications.



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