News Desk: The court has fixed March 7 for hearing of charges against BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia in the Niko corruption case.
Sheikh Hafizur Rahman, the 9th (temporary) Special Judge of Dhaka, located at Keraniganj Central Jail, fixed the date on Tuesday (January 18).
Khaleda Zia could not appear in court as she was ill. Therefore, his lawyer requested time to adjourn the hearing. The court granted the application and fixed January 17 for the hearing. Khaleda Zia's lawyer Zia Uddin Zia has confirmed the matter.
According to the case sources, Muhammad Mahbubul Alam, Assistant Director of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a corruption case against five persons including Khaleda Zia at Tejgaon Police Station on December 9, 2008 alleging financial loss and corruption of the state through opaque agreement with Canadian company Nike.
On May 5, 2016, chargesheets were filed against 11 people, including Khaleda Zia. They were accused of causing financial loss of about Tk 13,006 crore to the state.
The accused in the case are: BNP standing committee member Barrister Moudud Ahmed (deceased), former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain (deceased), then chief secretary to the prime minister Kamal Uddin Siddiqui, former acting secretary at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Khandaker Shahidul Islam, former secretary CM Yusuf Hossain, former general manager of Bapex Mir Moinul Haque, former secretary of Bapex. Shafiur Rahman, businessman Gias Uddin Al Mamun, former Bagerhat MP MAH Selim and Nike's South Asia Vice President Kashem Sharif.