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Charge hearing in Khaleda’s Gatco case now Jun 25

News Desk || risingbd.com

Published: 13:14, 24 April 2024  
Charge hearing in Khaleda’s Gatco case now Jun 25

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A Dhaka court on Wednesday (April 24) adjourned until June 25 the hearing on charge framing against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and 12 others in Gatco graft case.

Today was fixed for the hearing on the acquittal of Khaleda Zia from the case in the court of Judge Muhammad Ali Hussain of the Special Judge Court-3 of Dhaka. But a petition on behalf of Begum Khaleda Zia was submitted seeking an adjournment of the hearing because her lawyer Masud Ahmed Talukder is now staying abroad.

Granting the petition for time extension, the court set new date for charge framing.

On September 2, 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case with Tejgaon Model Police Station against Khaleda Zia and 12 others on the charge of misappropriating around Tk 1,000 crore while dealing with Global Agro Trade (Private) Company Limited (Gatco).

On May 13, 2008, the anti-graft body ACC pressed charges against the former premier and 23 others.

Meanwhile, names of nine other accused people, including Khaleda Zia’s son Arafat Rahman Koko, were dropped from the charge sheet following their deaths on different dates.