Production warrants against Khaleda withdrawn

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 14:48, Jun 14, 2018 | Updated : 14:51, Jun 14, 2018

Khaleda Zia (Photo: Sazzad Hossain)Courts in Dhaka have withdrawn production warrants against jailed BNP chief Khaleda Zia in two graft cases.

Thursday’s order, issued by two separate courts, means the prison authorities will not have to produce her in court for trials in Gatco and Barapukuria coal mine corruption charges.
A former prime minister, Khaleda is now serving a five-year term after being convicted of embezzling foreign donations made to the Zia Orphanage Trust.
The ACC filed the GATCO corruption case on Sept 2, 2007, during the military-installed caretaker regime against Khaleda, her son Arafat Rahman Coco, who died in 2015, and 11 others.
According to the case documents, the defendants illegally awarded the contract of container handling at the Chittagong port and the Dhaka's Inland Container Depot to a certain firm GATCO, causing the state to count Tk 145.64 million in losses.
In 2008, the ACC filed the case related to the Barapukuria coal mine.
Khaleda and 15 others are accused of causing the state a loss of about Tk 1.59 billion by signing a deal with the China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC) to operate, manage, and maintain the Barapukuria coal mine.