Khaleda Zia in jail after Niko case hearing
The hearing of Niko graft case has completed. After that BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia was sent to the designated room at the old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the capital.
The hearing started at 11:50 am and ended at 1:15 pm on Thursday. The hearing took place at the court of Dhaka-9 special judge Mahmudul Kabir, temporarily set up at the old central jail in Dhaka.
On December 9, 2007 Assistant Director of Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) Mohammad Mahbubul Alam filed the case with Tejgaon police station against five persons including Begum Khaleda Zia over allegation of corruption and huge financial loss to the state by signing an unclear agreement with Canadian company Niko.
On May 5, 2008 ACC Assistant Director SM Sahedur Rahman filed charge sheet in this case against 11 persons including Khaleda Zia. In the charge sheet allegation was brought for loss of around 13 thousand 777 crore taka of the state.
In this connection security was beefed up in the BSMMU hospital, Nazimuddin Road and adjacent areas. Huge number of police force was deployed.
Khaleda Zia was admitted in the BSMMU hospital for treatment on October 6. On October 30 the High Court enhanced her jail term to 10 years from five years. Earlier, on February 8 the lower court awarded Khaleda Zia five years imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.