Gatco graft case: HC finds evidence of Khaleda`s involvement
Published: 07:34 PM, 14 July 2021 Updated: 07:34 PM, 14 July 2021
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia; File Photo
The High Court has directed to settle the Gatco graft case within the next six months as it found preliminary evidence of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's involvement in the case.
On September 2, 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) had filed the case with Tejgaon Police Station against 13 people including Khaleda Zia and her young son Arafat Rahman Koko on charges of misappropriating around Tk 1,000 crore while dealing with Global Agro Trade (Pvt) Company Ltd (Gatco).
Khaleda Zia and Koko were arrested the day after the case. The case was included in the Emergency Powers Act on September 18 of that year. On May 13, 2008, the anti-graft body pressed charges against the former premier Khaleda Zia and 23 others.
Six of the 24 accused in the case have already died. They are: former finance minister M Saifur Rahman, Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, MK Anwar, (executed for war crimes), former Jamaat-e-Islami chief Matiur Rahman Nizami, Chattogram Port chief finance and accounting officer Ahmed Abul Kashem and BNP chairperson's youngest son Arafat Rahman Koko.
The other accused are- former BNP minister M Shamsul Islam, former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain, former minister Dr. Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, former chairman of Chattogram Port Authority Commodore Zulfiqar Ali, Jahanara Akbar, wife of late minister Colonel (retd) Akbar Hossain, two sons Ismail Hossain Simon and AKM Musa Kajal, Ehsan Yusuf, former naval secretary Zulfiqar Haider Chowdhury, Chattogram Port Authority Former members AK Rashid Uddin Ahmed, Director of Global Agrotrade Pvt Ltd (GATCO) Shahjahan M Hasib, GATCO Directors Syed Tanvir Ahmed and Syed Ghalib Ahmed, Former Chairman of Chattogram Port Authority ASM Shahadat Hossain, Former Director (Transport) AM Sanwar Hossain and Lutful Kabir, a former member of the port.