Indictment hearing in two cases against Khaleda Jan 14

DHAKA, Dec 29, 2020 (BSS) – A Dhaka court today set January 14 for
holding hearing on charge framing in two cases lodged against BNP
chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia for celebrating fake birthday on
National Mourning Day and stigmatizing the War of Liberation by
rehabilitating anti-liberation forces.

Today was fixed for holding a hearing on the matter, but Additional
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Tofazzal Hossain reset the date allowing
a time plea of the defence.

Journalist Gazi Jahirul Islam lodged the fake birthday case against
Khaleda on August 30, 2016, and the court on that day issued summon
against her.

According to the complainant, Khaleda from 1996 is celebrating her
fake birthday on August 15, the day when Father of the Nation
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was martyred along with most of his
family members. She is doing this on purpose only to dishonour the
Father of the Nation.

The complainant also submitted copies of different newspaper reports
on Khaleda’s birthday, copies of her passport, marriage certificate
and mark sheets, which indicates her birthday on any other day but
August 15.

Jananetri Parishad president AB Siddiqui filed the other case on
November 3, 2016, against Khaleda Zia and her late husband Ziaur
Rahman for stigmatizing the War of Liberation by rehabilitating anti-
Liberation War elements.

The BNP chief is on bail in both the cases as Dhaka Metropolitan
Sessions Judge KM Imrul Qayesh granted her bail on July 31, 2018.


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