Khaleda Zia summoned by High Court

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Dhaka: Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia has been summoned by Bangladesh High Court on Wednesday on corruption charges involving the construction of two cargo terminals while she was the PM.

The decision was taken in response to a petition filed by Zia seeking the cancellation of the proceedings of the trial. This means that the trail would proceed unless it is reviewed.

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Zia has been accused of awarding the construction contracts to a local company, Global Agro Trade Company without following standard procedures while she was the Prime Minister during 2001-2006.  Zia has rubbished all the allegations against her and has claimed that she is innocent.

Along with Zia, 12 others have been accused in the case including Zia’s younger son Matiur Rahman Nizami, who is also the chief of the country’s largest Islamist Party. 

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