Niko graft case hearing adjourned till Mar 19
Published: 06:33 PM, 3 March 2019
Dhaka court today adjourned the hearing of Niko graft case till March 19 as the prison authority produced the main accused BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia before the court.
Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of Dhaka 9th special judge court passed the order, setting new date to hold hearing on charge framing.
The jail authority produced Khaleda Zia on a wheelchair at around 12.30pm.
After the hearing, police took the BNP chairperson back to jail.
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against five including Khaleda Zia with Tejgaon police station on December 9, 2007, for abusing power in signing a deal with Canadian company Niko for exploring and extracting gas.
The ACC on May 5, 2008, submitted charge-sheet against 11 people including Khaleda Zia.
Accepting a petition filed by Khaleda, the HC on July 9, 2008, stayed the case proceedings and issued the rule.
The High Court on June 18, 2015, passed an order paving way for continuation of the graft case against the BNP leader before the trial court.
The court had also asked the BNP chief to surrender before the concerned trial court within two months.
Khaleda is now behind bars after getting convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8, 2018. She was sentenced to five-year imprisonment, which later enhanced to 10 by the High Court.
Khaleda was also sentenced to seven years imprisonment in Zia Charitable Trust graft case.