POST TIME: 20 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 19 March, 2019 11:14:13 PM
Khaleda vomits before court appearance
Says Fakhrul urging BNP  chief’s proper treament

Khaleda vomits before court appearance

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has claimed that the party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, is very sick and the doctors attending her are not providing proper treatment to the former premier. “The party chairperson told me she was very sick. She vomited before appearing in front of the court today,” Fakhrul told reporters after coming out of the court yesterday. The jail authorities yesterday produced BNP chief before the court in the hearing of Niko graft case. Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of the special judge’s court-9 fixed April 1 for next hearing in the case.

After completion of yesterday’s hearing, Khaleda Zia asked her lawyers why they did not file a discharge application seeking her release in the Niko graft case.  Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali, one of the senior counsel for Khaleda, informed the BNP chief that the discharge application had already been prepared. “We will file the petition before the court in next hearing scheduled for April 1,” he told her.

During yesterday’s proceedings, Khaleda was taken to the makeshift court inside the Old Dhaka Central Jail in a wheelchair around 12:40pm for hearing on the charge-framing in the graft case. While the BNP chief was being produced before the court, Fakhrul sat beside her.

The court granted a time petition filed for BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed, an accused in the case, as he was not present before the court. However, it rejected a petition filed by the defence for getting the certified copies of the case.

Advocate Masud Ahmed Talukder, a lawyer for Khaleda, told the court the defence was yet to get the seized documents of the case, even though they were necessary for hearing on the charge-framing.

In reply, Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman said the court already gave an order in this regard that the defence had made mistakes in its application.

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) public prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain Kajol told the court that the defence was delaying the hearing, citing lack of documents. “The defence can participate in the hearing on charge-framing with the documents they already have,” he said.

Later, Fakhrul told reporters that the BNP chief was so sick that she could not keep her head straight during the hearing.

The BNP secretary general also expressed concerns that doctors at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) were not giving her proper treatment and called for the government’s attention in this regard.

The BNP chief wants private clinic doctors for her treatment, Fakrul noted.

The ACC had filed the Niko graft case in December 2007, accusing Khaleda and several others of abusing power to award a gas exploration and extraction deal to the Canadian company Niko when she was the prime minister between 2001 and 2006.

 Three of the other accused are: AKM Mosharraf Hossain, former state minister for energy, Khandaker Shahidul Islam, former acting energy secretary, and Kashem Sharif, vice-president (South Asia) of Niko Resources Bangladesh Ltd.