Niko hearing deferred again till July 7
Thursday, 26 June 2008

Sheikh HasinaA Dhaka court Wednesday again shifted the charge framing proceedings in the Niko graft case filed against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and others to July 7, reports

Judge Amar Kumar Roy of Special Judge's Court-2 set up on the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban premises adjourned the hearing.

The High Court on June 19 ordered the special trial court to submit the documents of the case as Hasina had petitioned to the higher court for cancellation of the case.

The judge said he had received the copy of the HC order and that the appeal hearing is supposed to be held on June 30.

Under the circumstances, the judge said, the case proceedings will be held later in line with the HC orders.

Advocate Sahara Khatun was present in court on Hasina's behalf as the former prime minister has been exempted from personally appearing in court while she seeks medical treatment overseas.

Former energy secretary Toufique-e-Elahi Chowdhury and former state minister for power Rafiqul Islam, also accused in the case, were present in court Sunday.

The Anticorruption Commission filed the case on Dec 9 last year, and pressed charges against the Awami League president and nine others on May 7.

Hasina stands accused of approving a deal with Niko Resources Ltd in 2001, during her term as prime minister, which cost the state Tk 13,630.50 crore in losses.

The case details allege that Canadian firm Niko was "very inefficient" in different aspects of its operations, including technical expertise in oil exploration, but the deal was approved in violation of proper procedure.

Other charged in the case are former principal secretary of the prime minister's office SA Samad, former energy secretary M Akmal Hossain, former chairman of Petro Bangla Md Mosharraf Hossain, Niko Resources Bangladesh Ltd vice president Kashem Sharif, former secretary of external resources division AKM Mashiur Rahman and former director of Petro Bangla Syed Anwarul Haque.

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