Published:  02:22 AM, 14 January 2022

Hearing in two cases against Khaleda on Feb 1

A Dhaka court set February 1 for holding hearing for two cases lodged against BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia.

According to court sources, the two cases lodged against Khaleda Zia are on the charges of celebrating fake birthday on National Mourning Day and stigmatizing the War of Liberation by rehabilitating the anti-liberation forces.

The indictment was supposed to be held on Thursday but Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Asaduzzaman Noor reset the date, allowing a time plea of the defence, BSS reports. Khaleda Zia's counsel Advocate Masud Ahmed Talukder filed a plea seeking more time, saying his client could not appear before the court due to her illness.

Journalist Gazi Jahirul Islam lodged the case against the former prime minister over the fake birthday on August 30, 2016.

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.

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