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Gatco graft case: Indictment hearing against Khaleda Dec 22

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 01:37 PM, 18 November 2020  

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A court in Dhaka today fixed December 22 to hold a hearing on charge framing in Gatco graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and others. 

Allowing a time plea of the defence, acting judge Nazrul Islam of the Dhaka Special Judge Court -3 set the new date.

Today was set for holding hearing on charge framing, but prime accused Begum Khaleda Zia failed to appear before the court on health ground, making her counsels plead for time.

On September 2, 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against 13 people including Khaleda Zia and her younger son Arafat Rahman with Tejgaon Police Station for their role in corruption regarding penning a contract with Global Agro Trade (Pvt) Co Ltd (Gatco) for container management at inland container depots in Dhaka and Chattogram.

The formal charge was submitted against 24 on May 13, 2008. However, six of the 24 accused including Arafat, Saifur Rahman and Matiur Rahman Nizami have died so far.