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Indictment hearing in Niko graft case on Oct 14

  • Published at 06:55 pm September 23rd, 2019
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The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against five, including Begum Khaleda Zia

A court has set October 14 to hold the hearing on charge framing in the Niko graft case against BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia.

Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of Dhaka 9th Special Judge Court passed the order on Monday, at the newly built courtroom in front of Keraniganj Central Jail.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against five, including Begum Khaleda Zia, with the Tejgaon police station on December 9, 2007, for abusing power in signing a deal with Canadian company Niko for exploring and extracting gas.

On May 5, 2008, the ACC submitted the charge-sheet against 11 people, including Khaleda Zia. The ACC accused them of incurring a loss of more than Tk13,000 crore of state exchequer by that deal.

Khaleda is now behind bars, after being convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8, 2018. She was sentenced to five-years’ imprisonment, which was later enhanced to 10 by the High Court.