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Ill Khaleda not produced before court, next hearing April 17

  • Published at 02:11 pm March 18th, 2019
File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The Anti Corruption Commission pressed charges for the Gatco graft case on May 13, 2008 

A Dhaka court has set April 17 for the next hearing in the Gatco corruption case filed against BNP chief Khaleda Zia—and others—as she was not produced before the court, due to illness.

Judge Abu Syed Diljar Hossain of the Special Judge Court 3 of Dhaka set the date on Monday.

Previously, on February 27, the court fixed today (Monday) for a hearing on charge framing against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, and 16 others, in the case.

On February 7, the prosecution began a hearing on charge framing in the corruption case.

On November 25, 2018, the High Court directed the trial court to conclude trial proceedings in the case within six months.

On September 2, 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against two Gatco directors, Khaleda, and others.

They were accused of causing a loss of Tk1,000 crore to the state by awarding the contract of container handling at the Chittagong port and Dhaka's Inland Container Depot to Gatco.

TheACC pressed charges on May 13 the following year against 24 people, including nine former ministers and state ministers of Khaleda's cabinet. Six of the accused have since died.