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Niko graft case hearing deferred again

  • Published at 05:06 pm September 15th, 2020
File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Accepting the plea, the court adjourned the hearing till October 20

A Dhaka court on Tuesday set October 20 for the charge framing hearing in the Niko graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and others.

Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of the Dhaka 9th Special Judge’s Court passed the order at the newly built courtroom in front of Keraniganj Central Jail in the morning.

Monday had been set for holding the charge framing hearing, but prime accused Khaleda Zia refrained from appearing before the court on health grounds, making her counsel Zia Uddin Zia file a time plea again.

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Accepting the plea, the court adjourned the hearing till October 20

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

The ACC on May 5, 2008, submitted the charge-sheet against 11 people including Khaleda Zia. The ACC accused them of causing the state exchequer to incur losses higher than Tk13,000 crore through the Niko deal.