Alexa Gatco graft case: hearing adjourned till Mar 18

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Gatco graft case: hearing adjourned till Mar 18

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 06:01 PM, 27 February 2019  

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The Dhaka court adjourned till March 18 the hearing of Gatco graft case against BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and 17 others.

Judge Abu Syed Dilzar Hossain of the Dhaka Special Judge Court -3 passed the order on Wednesday in presence of Khaleda Zia.

The court passed the order as the defense pleaded for time saying they are yet to receive the necessary documents from the prosecution.

Earlier the jail authority produced Khaleda before the court at around 12:45 pm from the former Central Jail in capital’s Nazimuddin Road, where she is spending jail terms in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases. 

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against 13 people, including Khaleda and her younger son Arafat Rahman on September 2, 2007, 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. But of the 24 accused, six including Arafat, Saifur Rahman and Matiur Rahman Nizami have died so far.

The BNP chairperson later filed two writ petitions with the High Court challenging the legality of bringing the case under emergency power rules and sought a stay on the proceedings of the case in the trial court.

On July 15, 2008, The High Court stayed the trial proceedings of the case and issued separate rulings in this regard.

The case is now pending before Dhaka Special Judges Court-3 in the charge framing stage.