BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has told the court that not even a single taka of the Zia Orphanage Trust was misused or embezzled.
She said the funds are entrusted to banks.
The BNP chief said the embezzlement case filed against her was the result of judicial ‘interference’ by Prime Minister Sheik Hasina.
Till now, various courts have issued 3 arrest warrants against Khaleda Zia over different cases.
Khaleda Zia, a former prime minister, surrendered to court on Thursday after returning to the country from London on Wednesday.
She received bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Welfare Trust graft cases.
Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman heard Khaleda’s testimony in the orphanage graft case. She read an hour-long statement from 12:15pm inside the court.
The court accepted her plea for more time for her statement and set October 26 as the date for the next hearing.
The Zia Welfare Trust, filed back in 2008, case will also be heard the same day.
The Anti-Corruption Commission accuses Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman and four others of embezzling Tk 21 million from the trust fund.
“Every paisa in the fund is accounted for. Significant interests have been stored over it and not even one taka was misused or embezzled,” she said in her statement.
The BNP chief said she and her son, who is sentenced to seven years in jail in another case, were blameless.
Tarique Rahman, who has been living in the UK since 2008 with his immediate family, is accused in a dozen cases including the attempted murder of Sheikh Hasina, corruption, sedition and defamation.~
“It reminds me of the unconstitutional Fakhruddin-Moeenuddin regime,” Khaleda said referring to the 2007-08 caretaker government led by caretaker chief Fakhruddin Ahmed and the then military chief Moeen U Ahmed, when talking about the ‘harassment’ of Tarique Zia by the current government.
She asked why the graft cases were being tried in a special court outside the court area.
“This is an administrative decision. It was the goal of the ruling party,” Khaleda said.
She also said the comments made by Sheikh Hasina on the alleged embezzlement of orphanage funds and her absence from court amounted to interference in the judiciary.