Sun, May 19, 2019 3:03

Indictment hearing in Niko graft deferred till May 30


A Dhaka court has adjourned till May 30 the charge framing hearing in Niko graft case filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and others.

Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of Dhaka Special Judge Court 9 passed the order Sunday morning, as jail authorities failed to produce Khaleda before the court.

The BNP chief is currently undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

In December 2007, the ACC filed the case accusing the 11 people of misusing power to grant a gas deal to Canadian company Niko, when Khaleda was the prime minister of Bangladesh between 2001 and 2006.

On May 5, 2008, the anti-graft watchdog submitted charge sheet against Khaleda and 10 others in the graft case.

Two months later, the High Court stayed the proceedings of the case following a petition filed by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Then on June 18, 2016, the High Court cleared the way for the trial proceedings to resume against Khaleda and others in the case following another petition by ACC.

The former prime minister has been behind the bars after being convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8, 2018.