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Gatco graft case hearing against Khaleda adjourned till March 18

  • Published at 05:41 pm February 27th, 2019
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File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The court passed the order as the defence pleaded for time saying they are yet to receive the necessary documents from the prosecution

A Dhaka court today adjourned the hearing of Gatco graft case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and 17 others till March 18.

Judge Abu Syed Dilzar Hossain of the Dhaka Special Judge Court 3 passed the order in presence of prime accused Khaleda Zia.

The court passed the order as the defence pleaded for time saying they are yet to receive the necessary documents from the prosecution.

Earlier the jail authority produced Khaleda before the court at around 12:45pm from the old Dhaka Central Jail in Nazimuddin Road, where she is spending jail terms in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases. After court’s order, police rushed her to the jail around 1:05pm.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against 13 people, including Khaleda and her younger son Arafat Rahman on September 2, 2007, with Tejgaon police station for their role in corruption regarding penning a contract with Global Agro Trade (Pvt) Co Ltd (Gatco) for container management at inland container depots in Dhaka and Chittagong.

Formal charge was submitted against 24 on May 13, 2008. But of the 24 accused, six including Arafat, Saifur Rahman, and Matiur Rahman Nizami have died so far.

The BNP chairperson later filed two writ petitions with the High Court challenging the legality of bringing the case under emergency power rules and sought stay on the proceedings of the case in the trial court.

The High Court on July 15, 2008, stayed the trial proceedings of the case and issued separate rulings in this regard.

The case is now pending before Dhaka Special Judges Court 3 in charge framing stage.