"Madam will appear before the court," counsel Sanaullah Mia told bdnews24.com on Wednesday.

She is being tried at the court of Dhaka's Third Special Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar in the case filed by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC).

After deferring the hearing for a fifth time on May 19, the court warned that an arrest warrant will be out for the former prime minister if she failed to appear on Thursday.

The ACC filed the case in 2010 against five people, including the three times premier and charges were pressed on four in 2012.

Khaleda's former political affairs secretary Haris Chowdhury, former BIWTA acting director Ziaul Islam Munna and former Dhaka mayor Sadek Hossain Khoka's personal secretary Monirul Islam Khan are the three others accused in the case.

In 2013, the trial began after the court indicted the four.

On Mar 31 this year, the defence finished cross-examining the investigation officer ACC Deputy Director Harun ur Rashid.

Two others accused in the case - Ziaul Islam Munna and Monirul Islam Khan - have pleaded not guilty while Haris Chowhdury is absconding.

Source: Bangladesh's First Internet Newspaper