Graft: Khaleda seeks penalty for prosecution witnesses

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PV Desk : BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s counsels have pleaded to court to punish prosecution witnesses in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, accusing them of forging documents and perjury.
The defence continued its argument for the eighth day on Wednesday, when lawyer AJ Mohammad Ali filed a petition with the Court of Dhaka Special Judge-5.
The petition levelled the accusations against six witnesses produced by the prosecution.
They are investigation officer Harun-Ur-Rashid, former accounts officers of the PMO—Majed Ali and Abdul Barek and Syed Zaglul Pasha, an aide to the former principal secretary to PM, former social welfare deputy secretary Mostafa Kamal Mazumder and former Board of Investment director Tauhidur Rahman Khan.
The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the graft case in 2008, accusing Khaleda, her son Tarique Rahman and four others of embezzling Tk 21 million.