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Court defers hearing against Khaleda in Gatco case
Khaleda Zia at court in wheelchair, Photo. Courtesy - UNB

Court defers hearing against Khaleda in Gatco case

Dhaka, April 18 – A special judge court of Dhaka on Thursday deferred the hearing on charge framing in Gatco corruption case against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and 17 others to April 30.
The BNP chief was not produced before the special court installed at Alia Madrasha of Bakshibazar in Old Dhaka on Wednesday as she has been undergoing treatment at BSMMU.
Khaleda Zia’s lawyer advocate Masud Ahmed Talukder pleaded for adjourning the hearing for her client’s absence.
Earlier, in April, Khaleda Zia, who was convicted in Zia Orphanage and Charitable trust graft cases, has been admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University from the old central jail in Old Dhaka, for treatment.
Responding the time petition, Judge Abu Syed Diljar of Dhaka Special Judge Court-3 fixed April 30 for hearing on framing charge in the case.
Earlier on March 18, the same court deferred to April 17 the hearing on charge framing in Gatco corruption case.
The BNP chief was not produced before the special court installed at Alia Madrasha of Bakshibazar in Old Dhaka on that day due to her illness.
On February 27 this year, jail authorities produced Khaleda Zia before the court on a wheelchair.
On March 5 in 2016, the same court granted bail to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia after she appeared before the court.
On September 2, 2007, ACC filed the Gatco corruption case during the military-backed caretaker government against Khaleda Zia, and her youngest son Arafat Rahman Koko and 22 others.
According to the case documents, the defendants illegally awarded the contract of container handling at the Chittagong port and the Dhaka’s Inland Container Depot to a certain firm Gatco, causing a loss of Tk 145.64 million to the state exchequer. – Court Correspondent

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