BNP chief Khaleda Zia has been shifted to the old jailhouse in the capital’s Nazimuddin Road amidst heavy security on Thursday (Nov 8) for a court appearance in the Niko graft case.
The move was followed by a decision to set up a special makeshift court in the old jailhouse premises. A gazette notification by the law ministry cited security reasons for the move.
A three-time prime minister, Khaleda is a key suspect in the graft case that was filed by graft watchdog Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) with Tejgaon police in 2007.
According to the case documents, she has been accused with 10 others for abusing her power as prime minister to award a gas exploration and extraction deal to Canadian company Niko.
Khaleda Zia had been undergoing treatment at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital until now and it is not clear whether she will be taken back to the hospital or return to her cell where she is serving a five year time for her involvement in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.