The court hearing on charges against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Barapukuria coal mine corruption case has been delayed to February 18 following a petition from her lawyers.
The court has changed the date of hearing from today to February 18 in a response to the petition filed by Khaleda Zia’s lawyer Sanaullah Mia.
Her lawyer applied for a postponement due to an ongoing trial in the high court involving two accused in this case Altaf Hossain Chowdhury and Barrister Md. Aminul Haque.
The court ordered the delay of the hearing as the other accused MK Anwar's death report had not been submitted yet.
Khaleda Zia’s lawyer Hannan Bhuiyan confirmed this.
Execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Matiur Rahman Nizami and Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojaheed lowered the number of accused from 13 to 11.
In February 26, 2008, Anti-Corruption Commission deputy director Shamsul Alam filed the case against Khaleda and 15 others for a contract with China National Machinery Export Corporation that gave them the responsibility of producing, managing and maintaining the Barapukuria coal mine.
The charge sheet says the move led to a loss of 158.17 million taka.