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Fakhrul talks to Khaleda in court

  • Published at 10:16 pm March 3rd, 2019
Khaleda being taken to jail
File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia being taken to the Old Dhaka Central Jail from BSMMU Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Khaleda is serving jail after being convicted in two graft cases

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had a conversation with Khaleda Zia in court when she was produced before it in the Niko graft case on Sunday.

Saying that they had no political conversation in the court room, Fakhrul said: "The government is not giving bail to Khaleda with an ill motive." The BNP chief is deprived of proper treatment, he alleged.

BNP chief Khaleda was produced before the court of Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman around 12:35pm in a whee-chair. She was brought before the Special Judge Court-9 of Dhaka in the Niko graft case. Khaleda is serving jail after being convicted in two graft cases.

At that time, Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajol went to Khaleda to learn about her physical condition.

Khaleda Zia said to Kajal: 'No, my physical condition is not going well..!! My physical condition is grave.”

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As Kajol finished, Mirza Fakhrul started conversing with Khaleda Zia. She also complained to him about her health.

During their conversation, Dhaka's special Judge-9, Sheikh Hafizur Rahman, entered the ejlash for hearing.

Later, Alhaj Zainul Abedin, Senior Advocate of Supreme Court Bangladesh, BNP Chairperson's adviser, Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin, and Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon, also had a conversation with Khaleda for some time.

Mirza Fakhrul then again sat beside Khaleda Zia and he was there till the end of the hearing in the case.

The court set March 19 for the next hearing in the case.

According to the case, on December 9, 2007, the ACC filed the case with Tejgaon police station over charges that Khaleda and several others abused power to award a gas exploration and extraction deal to Canadian company Niko, when she was Prime Minister between 2001 and 2006.

In May 5, 2008, the anti-graft watchdog submitted a charge sheet against Khaleda and 10 others in the graft case.