Niko graft case hearing adjourned until Feb 4

Staff Correspondent

22 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

A Dhaka court on Monday adjourned the hearing on charge framing against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and 10 others till February 4 in Niko corruption case.

Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of Dhaka Special Judges Court-9 passed the order after holding the hearing on charge framing in part.

Barrister Moudud Ahmed, who is also an accused in the case, took part in the hearing for Khaleda, while Shahidul Haque, a counsel, stood for another accused.

Following time petition of the lawyers, the court adjourned the hearing till February 4 in the case.

 The other accused include AKM Mosharraf Hossain, former state minister for energy, Kamal Uddin Siddique, former principal secretary to then prime minister, Khandaker Shahidul Islam, former acting energy secretary, CM Yousuf Hossain, former senior assistant secretary to Energy and Mineral Resources Department, Meer Moynul Haque, former senior general manager of Bapex, Shafiur Rahman, former secretary to Bapex, Giasuddin Al Mamun, managing director of One Group, Selim Bhuiyan, chairman and managing director of International Travel Corporation and Kashem Sharif, vice-president (South Asia) of Niko Resources Bangladesh Ltd.

According to the case, on December 9, 2007, the ACC filed the case with Tejgaon police station over charges that Khaleda and several others abused power to award a gas exploration and extraction deal to the Canadian company, Niko, when she was the prime minister between 2001 and 2006.