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Indictment hearing in Niko graft case March 31

The court set new date as Khaleda Zia could not appear before it as she is undergoing treatment at BSMMU

Update : 04 Feb 2020, 05:57 PM

A Dhaka court has set March 31 for the hearing on charge framing in Niko graft case against BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and others.

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

Tuesday was set for holding hearing on charge framing, but the jail authorities could not produce Khaleda Zia before the court as she is undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital.

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

On May 5, 2008, 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 the deal.

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

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