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Indictment hearing in Khaleda’s Niko graft case August 2

Staff Reporter

A Dhaka court on Tuesday fixed August 2 to hold hearing on charge framing in Niko graft case against BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia.

Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman passed the order at a temporary courtroom of the Dhaka Special Judge’s Court-9 at Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj.

Today was set for holding hearing on charge framing against Khaleda Zia, but she could not appear in court because of illness. Subsequently, her lawyer requested the court to adjourn the hearing.

Khaleda’s lawyer Zia Uddin Zia confirmed the matter.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against five including Begum 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 incurring a loss of more than Taka 13 thousand crore of state exchequer by that deal.

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