Judge AHM Ruhul Imran had to reset the date as Khaleda Zia once again failed to appear before the court
A Dhaka court on Sunday set October 31 for holding a hearing on charge framing in the Barapukuria coalmine graft case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and 15 others.
AHM Ruhul Imran of the Dhaka's Second Special Judge's Court reset the date as Khaleda Zia once again failed to appear before the court because of her "poor health condition".
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on February 26, 2008 filed the graft case against Khaleda Zia and 15 others with Shahbagh police station. ACC Deputy Director Md Abul Kashem Fokir on October 5, 2008, filed a charge sheet in the case.
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They were accused of causing a loss of Tk159 crore to the state exchequer by awarding a contract for the operation of Barapukuria Coalmine to a Chinese company through abuse of power.
The other accused are M Saifur Rahman, Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, Matiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, MK Anwar, M Shamsul Islam, Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, Barrister Aminul Huq, AKM Mosharraf Hossain, Nazrul Islam, SR Osmani, Moinul Ahsan, Md Sirajul Islam, and Moazzem Hossain.
Of the 16, convicted war criminals Nizami and Mojaheed have been hanged while four others have died of natural causes. Their names are expected to be dropped from the case during the framing of the charges.