Barapukuria coalmine graft: Indictment hearing deferred to Sept 5

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 13:15, Jul 18, 2019 | Updated : 13:18, Jul 18, 2019

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia attends a rally in Dhaka January 20, 2014.  REUTERS/File PhotoA court in Dhaka has fixed Sept 5 for the hearing for indictment in the Barapukuria coal mine graft case against BNP chief Khaleda Zia and 9 others.
The court of Dhaka special judge-2 was scheduled to hold the hearing on Thursday (Jul 18) but deferred it as Khaleda was not produced before the court.
“Khaleda Zia was not produced before the court today as she is undergoing treatment at a hospital. So, the Judge AHM Ruhul Imran of Dhaka Special Judge Court-2 deferred the indictment hearing in Barapukuria coalmine graft case again”, said the defendant’s counsel Ziauddin Zia.
Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) counsel Mosharraf Hossain Kajol moved for the state, added Zia.
A three-time premier, Khaleda and 15 others stand accused of causing the state a loss of nearly 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.
Of the 16 accused, six have died, and their names are expected to be dropped from the case when the charges are framed.
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) started the case in 2008, during the emergency regime of the military-backed caretaker administration.
The graft watchdog pressed charges against them in court in October the same year.