A Dhaka court has again deferred the hearing on charge framing against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and 10 others in the Barapukuria coalmine graft case till November 12.
The judge of the makeshift court, which set up at Dhaka central jail in Keraniganj, HM Ruhul Imran set this new date on Wednesday as Khaleda Zia was not produced before it due her illness.
Khaleda Zia has been undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) hospital since April 1. So she was not produced in court. That’s why the court adjourned charge hearing and set the new date, Khaleda’s lawyer said.
A total of 13 persons were accused the case. However, Jamaat leader Maulana Matiur Rahman Nizami and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed were executed for their crimes against humanity.
The other accused are- BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, former acting secretary to the energy and mineral resources ministry Nazrul Islam, former Petrobangla Director Mainul Ahsan, Sirajul Islam Chowdhury, and Hosaf Group Chairman Moazzem Hossain, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Altaf Hossain Choudhury and AKM Mosharraf Hossain.
On February 26, 2008, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) assistant director Md Shamsul Alom filed the case with Shahbag Police Station.