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Indictment hearing against Khaleda in Niko graft case April 12

ACC accuses the former PM of causing the state a loss of over Tk13,000 crore

Update : 08 Mar 2022, 06:12 PM

A court on Tuesday set April 12 to hold a hearing on charge framing in the Niko graft case against BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and 10 others.

Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman passed the order at a temporary courtroom of the Dhaka Special Judge's Court-9 at Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj.

Tuesday was fixed for holding a hearing on charge framing against Khaleda Zia, but she could not appear in the court because of illness. Subsequently, her lawyer requested the court to adjourn the hearing.

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

The ACC on May 5, 2008, submitted the charge-sheet against 11 people including Khaleda Zia. The ACC accused them of incurring a loss of more than Tk13,000 crore to the state exchequer by signing that deal.

The other accused in the case are- Barrister Moudud Ahmed, AKM Mosharraf Hossain, Kamal Uddin Siddiqui, Khandaker Shahidul Islam, CM Eusuf Hossain, Mir Moinul Haque, Md Shafiur Rahman, Gias Uddin Al Mamun, MAH Selim and Kashem Sharif.

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

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