Khaleda is accused of misusing power to award a gas exploration and extraction deal to Canadian company Niko
A Dhaka court will resume charge framing hearing in the Niko corruption case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on November 14.
The makeshift court, set up inside Old Dhaka Central Jail, set the date after a hearing on Thursday.
The Niko graft case accuses Khaleda, and 11 others, of abuse of power. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) claims the accused awarded a gas exploration and extraction deal to Canadian company Niko during Zia’s time in office as prime minister—a move that cost the state nearly Tk13,777 crore.
ACC filed the case with Tejgaon police on December 9, 2007 and submitted the charge sheet on May 5, 2008.
Others accused in the case are: former law minister Moudud Ahmed, former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain, former acting energy secretary Khandaker Shahidul Islam, and Kashem Sharif, vice-president (South Asia) of Niko Resources Bangladesh Ltd.
Khaleda returned to her cell
Meanwhile, the former prime minister has been taken back to her old cell in the jail.
She had been undergoing treatment at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
She was brought to the court for a hearing in the morning. The BNP has criticized the move, dubbing it “illegal.”
The former prime minister has been in prison since February 8 after she was jailed for five years in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. The High Court later doubled the jail term.
The BNP chief was also sentenced to seven years in prison in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.