Niko graft case: Indictment hearing against Khaleda May 24...

Niko graft case: Indictment hearing against Khaleda May 24

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 12:18 PM, 5 May 2022  

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia - File Photo

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia - File Photo

A Dhaka court set May 24 to hold hearing on charge framing in Niko graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and 10 others.

Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman set the date at a temporary courtroom of the Dhaka Special Judge's Court-9 at Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj. 

Khaleda Zia's lawyer Masud Ahmed Talukder confirmed the information on Thursday. 

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 the charge-sheet against 11 people including Khaleda Zia. The ACC accused them of causing the incurring a loss of more than Taka 13 thousand crore to state exchequer by signing that deal.

The other accused in the case are - Barrister Moudud Ahmed, AKM Mosharraf Hossain, Kamal Uddin Siddiqui, Khandaker Shahidul Islam, CM Eusuf Hossain, Mir Moinul Haque, Md Shafiur Rahman, Gias Uddin Al Mamun, MAH Selim and Kashem Sharif.

Khaleda is now behind the bar following an executive order after being convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8, 2018. She was sentenced to five-year imprisonment, which was later enhanced to 10 by the High Court.