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Monday, 28 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka court Sunday deferred hearing on charge framing in MiG-29 warplane purchase case till May 4. Justice Golam Mortuza Majumder of Dhaka Special Judge's Court set up in the Sangsad Bhaban area shifted the date for hearing on charge framing in the case to May 4, as another accused in the case former army chief Lieutenant General (retd) Mostafizur Rahman failed to attend the hearing because he had been admitted to hospital.

Detained former prime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina was produced in Dhaka Special Judge's Court set up in the Sangsad Bhaban area Sunday at 9:45 am for charge framing in a graft case alleging her involvement in MiG-29 warplane purchase during her tenure as the prime minister.

Sheikh Hasina was taken from the special jail to the special court at 9:45 am. Justice Golam Mortuza Majumder of Dhaka Special Judge's Court set up in the Sangsad Bhaban area on April 20 set the date for charge framing in the case on Apr 27 in his special courtroom as Sheikh Hasina was sick.

Abdullah Al Jahid, an official of the now defunct AntiCorruption Bureau filed the graft case on December 11, 2001 with Tejgaon police station against seven including Sheikh Hasina alleging malpractice involving the purchase of eight MiG-29 warplanes.

The case details said, the government incurred losses to the tune of Tk 700 crore due to the skewed purchase of the eight MiG-29 warplanes in 1999 during Sheikh Hasina's tenure as the prime minister. Charge-sheet in the case against Sheikh Hasina and others was submitted on January 29, 2003.

Sheikh Hasina had appealed to the High Court in 2003 to cancel the case, which was rejected, but the court stayed the case proceedings. Charge sheet in the case was submitted on January 29, 2003 against Hasina and six others, viz.

Air Marshal (retd) Jamaluddin Ahmed, former defence secretary Syed Yousuf Hossain, former army chief Lieutenant General (retd) Mostafizur Rahman, Mohammad Hossain Sherniabat, Air Commodore (retd) Mirza Akhter Maruf and businessman Noor Ali, the owner of Unique Group.

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